Friday, June 6, 2008

Pierce says 'great chance' he'll play in Game 2

BOSTON - Paul Pierce, whose dramatic return from a knee injury lifted Boston to a win in over Los Angeles in the opener of the NBA finals, said Friday there's a "great chance" he'll play in Game 2 on Sunday.
I thought this contest was like watching a cat play with a mouse. The Celtics at times seemed bored with the game but realized that in the end they must eat the mouse.
Drew is still holding out that his Beloved Lakers will win. We have 50$ riding on it. Roughly what he is paid to mow the grass for 2 months. Or what I spend on beer and cigars for a month.

Bonds again pleads not guilty on perjury charges

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. baseball home run king Barry Bonds pleaded not guilty on Friday to federal charges that he lied about past steroid use, a repeat of an earlier denial following an updated criminal indictment.
Bonds, 43, appeared calm and smiled as he entered the small, crowded federal courtroom to greet a relative and let his attorney enter the plea in a very brief appearance.
So when they find him guilty...what would be an appropriate sentence?

Working Dad: An Unauthorized Guide to Parenting

Nearly 40 percent chose the funny but often helpless and yelling Ray Barone from "Everyone Loves Raymond," and geeky Alan Harper from "Two and a Half Men" got the most nods with 50 percent of moms picking him.
I wonder which dad I am? Note to self: ask wife later.

My youngest daughter Erica answered - Red
My oldest daughter Lecia answered - Red, LOL
My wife Janie answered - Red, how sad is that?
Drew answered - Who?

WWII vet Jack Lucas who earned Medal of Honor at 17 dies after bout with cancer

JACKSON, Miss. - Jack Lucas, who at 14 lied his way into military service during World War II and became the youngest Marine to receive the Medal of Honor, died Thursday in a Hattiesburg, Miss., hospital. He was 80.
Another of our Greatest Generation fall. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our great nation.

One comment on from Hammertoe, "This guy makes Chuck Norris look like Richard Simmons."
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. --George Orwell

W.T.H.? People are still getting FEMA housing assistance?

(BILOXI, MS) June 3 -- What are people who receive FEMA assistance doing to help themselves? That's the question NBC 15's Andrea Ramey asked those who have been staying for free in hotel rooms after they moved out of FEMA supplied travel trailers. What she found out is there are some who are doing very little.
"Since the storm, I haven't had any energy or pep to go get a job, but when push comes to shove, I will," said Malone.
When did FEMA become the Department of Human Services? Abuse of government assistance. I say we shove, what do you say?

Thursday, June 5, 2008

W.T.F.? Over.

Can you say Police State? The Examiner has the scoop on a controversial new program announced today that would create so-called "Neighborhood Safety Zones" which would serve to partially seal off certain parts of the city. D.C. Police would set-up checkpoints in targeted areas, demand to see ID and refuse admittance to people who don't live there, work there or have a “legitimate reason” to be there.
What the...? I guess the District of Columbia isn't technically the United States but are the police there so inept that they can't control the crime and must resort to this? Of course I'm pretty sure I don't belong in any of those neighborhoods so they may be doing me a service by telling me I don't belong there. I know in Oklahoma City where I don't belong. And I don't go there...because...I have no reason to be there, none at all.

I want to believe

Binocular manufacturer Bushnell, along with "Field & Stream" magazine, have teamed up to offer $1 million to anyone who can "provide an unaltered photograph/video, verified and substantiated by a panel of scientific experts [including a zoologist and biologist], the evidence required to prove a Sasquatch/Bigfoot/Yeti exists."
I do, I really want to believe.

What on earth? Bigfoot is stealing our women?
Do any of you remember this?
Good times...good times....

Japanese patient's 'tumour' turns out to be 25-year-old towel

TOKYO (AFP) - Doctors who carried out surgery on a Japanese man to remove a "tumour" had good news and bad news for him. He did not have cancer -- but the "growth" that had been causing him pain was in fact a 25-year-old surgical towel.
The patient had been carrying the cloth since 1983, when surgeons at the Asahi General Hospital in Chiba prefecture near Tokyo left it in him after an operation to treat an ulcer, a spokesman for the hospital said.
They better hope he is not secretly a ninja. But how much damage could a 49 year old ninja do? Hey, why does my head hurt all of a sudden? Where did that bruise come from?

Alcohol cuts risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis

PARIS (AFP) - People who drink alcohol are less prone to the sometimes crippling disease called rheumatoid arthritis compared with non-drinkers, according to a Scandinavian study published on Wednesday.
People who had a moderate alcohol consumption were 40 and 45 percent less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis compared with people who did not drink or drank only occasionally, it found.
Alcohol cuts the risk of rheumatoid arthritis but causes you play air guitar in public, that might be a fair trade off.

By now you've heard, It's over

WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton will end her historic bid on Saturday to become the first female president. Still unclear is whether she will ultimately share the Democratic ticket with Barack Obama, her rival in a presidential quest for the ages.
Now the focus turns to whether she will accept the 2nd fiddle and be Vice President.
If Obama is truly all about, "Change" in Washington, he can't have Hillary on the ballot, that is not change in Washington. The analysts last night could not decide if the strengths of both candidates would be more positive than the weaknesses of both candidates.
My money is on a Hillary-free election. But if money were a consideration...she's in the hole for 11.5 million smackers, she might take the nomination to get that money back.

June 5 (Bloomberg) -- Barack Obama's campaign is open to paying off some of the more than $20 million in debt accrued by defeated rival Hillary Clinton, a top adviser said.
I guess you just never ya. IF she doesn't get it by August 25th all she can get is 250,000$.


NEW YORK (Reuters) - Continental Airlines Inc (CAL.N) said on Thursday it would cut 3,000 jobs, or about 6.5 percent of its work force, and retire 67 older planes as it scales down in the face of soaring fuel prices.
The airline industry, like the auto industry, failed to adapt to the climate of higher oil prices and expecting fuel prices to go back down.
We have to coin some kind of phrase for this phenomenon. Just like Vizzini in The Princess Bride "You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The first is never get involved in a land war in Asia. The second, only slightly less well known, is this: never go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line!"
Never expect oil companies to voluntarily increase production just to allow you to buy cheap gas...or something like that.

Marine after not guilty verdict: 'It was surreal'

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A Marine intelligence officer accused of trying to cover up the killings of 24 Iraqis appeared stunned at first when a jury acquitted him of the charges.
For more than two years, 1st Lt. Andrew Grayson had been under suspicion, accused of ordering the destruction of evidence in the biggest U.S. criminal case involving Iraqi deaths to come out of the war.
"I didn't really believe it was going to end until they said not guilty," Grayson said in his first public comments following the verdict. "The case was so volatile, you didn't know which way it was going to go."
Not guilty. Hopefully he can move on now and have a good career.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Possible Democratic vice presidential candidates

Who will be the running mate? Let's have a poll! Yeah!
I thought the dark storm clouds behind him are a lovely forshadowing.

Icarus? Seriously?

Obama defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton solidly in the Iowa caucuses in January, but five days later she beat him, painfully and unexpectedly, in New Hampshire. That loss showed him that toppling the royal family of Democratic politics would not come easily.
"I think this was meant to be," Obama said privately the next day, recalls adviser David Axelrod. "I think we were flying too close to the sun, like Icarus. When you're fighting for change, it's not supposed to be easy."
If your advisors haven't told you already, let me. You have to drop this crap. I can tell you without a doubt in my mind, 85% of America doesn't know who Icarus was, why that metaphor is important to your story, and most of all THEY DON'T CARE. Remember some polls show that only 1 in 4 Americans can even tell you who the current President is. ONE IN FOUR.
If you want to win the White House you have to appeal to the "common man". And I can assure you the fellows I watched pile out of the beat up Chevys to brick the new hospital, where we pick up our carpoolers, they don't give a crap about Greek Mythology. They care about fishing, greasy hamburgers, cheap beer, and whether or not their favorite team is going to have a good season.
His wife has already been labeled an elitist, and I tell ya common folk don't like elitists.
Image is now your biggest enemy. Well that, and shaking off the Clintons and their agenda.

U.S. warships to leave Myanmar after aid refused

BANGKOK (Reuters) - U.S. warships will soon leave waters near Myanmar after the ruling military junta refused permission for the delivery of aid supplies to the cyclone-stricken Irrawaddy delta, a top U.S. commander said on Wednesday. "Should the Burmese rulers have a change of heart and request our full assistance for their suffering we are prepared to help," Keating, commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, said in a statement.
Why don't they want our help?
Fact: The Essex and it's battle group could defeat all but 5 of the world's militaries ALL BY ITSELF.

Girl in slutty mouse Halloween costume wants you to not use glue traps on rodents

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Members of the group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA , are known for using risqué methods to bring attention to their causes.
Friday morning in Ballantyne, commuters got to see the organization’s latest campaign firsthand. A woman, clothed only in a bikini, mouse ears and a tail, laid in the grass on the side of the road in a simulated glue trap.
PETA...heavy sigh...cute mouse though. Lots of pictures.
Some day when these kids grow up and own their own houses and watch as a mouse destroys their home and deficates and urinates on their kids toys and

What ever happened to "bending the rules" FFS

Woodland, CA- 18-year-old Leanna Elizalde knows she's behind in her classes. Since December she had two cancer surgeries and faced weeks of radiation therapy that left her with at least one english class she has to finish in order to graduate on Saturday. "I was falling behind in some classes. But I tried my best to catch up," she said.
You can't tell me they have never bent the rules before. I'm sure if she was a caucasian cheerleader she'd be right up there with her classmates. If it was my kid's high school all you have to do is show up and hand them your card as you walk across. They say your name and you grab a simulated diploma. They don't know which of the 550 kids graduated and who didn't.

Oh Shit, we're screwed

Fark Headline: The generation that "always won a trophy, win or lose" and were coddled by their parents are now entering the workforce. Corporate America: "Oh %$#@..."
My kids played in a basketball league, for one season, that didn't keep score, didn't allow yelling from the stands, and was designed to make everyone feel special. I denounced it as Communism/Socialism and we never played there again.
My wife and I have tried to teach our kids that while we love them, they are not special, they are just another cog in the wheels of society. Buck up and work hard and you will go far. I wonder if we are the last of a generation to teach our kids that.
I am seriously worried that as "Our Greatest Generation" that shed their blood to end Fascism and Totalitarianism in Europe and the Far East die do we have the moxy, the fortitude to defend our way of life from a similar foe?
I'm pretty sure we don't. And for that I am very afraid.

Website Lets You Send a Post-Rapture E-Mail to Friends 'Left Behind'

If millions of Christians suddenly disappear from the face of the Earth as the opening act for Armageddon, Threat Level thinks most nonbelievers will be too busy freaking the hell out to check their e-mail. But if they do log in, now they can be treated to some post-Rapture needling from their missing friends and loved ones, courtesy of web startup
This is a unique idea. After the "rapture" there will be a bit of chaos. But as I read it, there will be a thousand years of peace in there somewhere so how bad could it be? In any event leave me the location of your firearms, ammunition, food stores, and gold. I am of course assuming that gold will have some value eventually. Guns and bullets always will.
For the socially cautious, watch for a new product Devil Dog Industries will be producing. So you are driving down the interstate and boom, rapture. What do you do with all the cars still moving? What about that 18 wheeler being driven by the 52 year old ex-sex addict, ex-alcoholic, ex-wife beating guy who just found Jesus earlier that month? You need a product that applies the brakes of any unattended vehicle at a slow and responsible pace. Slowly bringing those speeding vehicles to a nice safe stop.
For that we offer you "Rapture Brakes"!!!111 Available at a local christian church or Wal-Mart later this year. If you buy 3 or more we'll throw in a free Koran or Torah.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Harvey Korman, dead, abdominal aortic aneurysm

Comic actor Harvey Korman, who co-starred on the US television classic The Carol Burnett Show in the 1960s and 1970s and in Blazing Saddles and other Mel Brooks movies, died on Thursday at age 81.
Korman died of complications from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm he suffered four months ago, according to a statement issued by the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center.
I missed posting this last week.
Whatever those are...I don't want one. He was a true comic genius.

GM to close four plants, may unload Hummer

WILMINGTON, Delaware (Reuters) - General Motors Corp on Tuesday said it is closing four truck plants employing 10,000 workers and could sell its Hummer brand in a rushed response to higher gasoline prices that the largest U.S. automaker now sees as a permanent threat to its business.
You mean I'm not gonna be able to get a Hummer? Bummer.
Come on you wussies, develop a hybrid version.

"We at GM don't think this is a spike or temporary shift. We believe that it is by and large permanent."
Having lived through the 1970s and the oil embargo and the shortages in supply, ya damn tootin' it any temporary. They have closed more refineries and made the ones that are open run at higher capacity and are MAXIMIZING their profits.

The End of an Era

WILMINGTON, Del. - General Motors is closing four truck and SUV plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico as surging fuel prices hasten a dramatic shift to smaller vehicles.
I guess the bell ringer is spitting on his hands in preparation of ringing the death bell for the SUV and pickup truck phase of the American Auto Industry. If you have been watching the car adverts in your cities, you have seen their spokesmen offering everything but their sisters for you to take these gas hogs off their lots.
I even saw one the other night describe a GM SUV as a gas efficient vehicle because apparently to the marketing team there, 16mpg for a 7 passenger behemoth is good mileage.
And if you were wondering....yes I still have both of my Land Rover SUVs.
When searching for a suitable image for this story I came across the theory of Bandwagon Fallacy. The principle that what one person is doing and being successful at is what they should be doing.
If it weren't for this fallacy you would have missed...Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

Reason #1 not to drink and drive

(AP) A car plowed into a bike race along a highway near the U.S.-Mexico border, killing one and injuring 10 others.
The 28-year-old driver was apparently drunk and fell asleep when he crashed into the race on Sunday, said police investigator Jose Alfredo Rodriguez. Don't do it. Just don't. It's not worth it.

Spanish pop star poses nude to protest bullfighting

MADRID (AFP) - One of Spain's top recording artists, Alaska, launched a campaign against bullfighting by presenting a poster of herself posing nude with three spears stuck in her back. "We need to stick some little banderillas (spears used in bullfighting) in the backs of those who think that the bull does not suffer," she said Monday in presenting her campaign "The Naked Truth: Bullfighting is Cruel."
The Spaniards are as passionatie about bullfighting as the most rabid fans of the NFL or possibly the NHL. You think Brian Urlacher is a testosterone beast, he is a small fish compared to the macho of the bull fighters.
In any event, that's a smokin' hot poster. I wonder where I could get one? Of course I'd frame it and put on the patio above my grill.
I wonder if I would look that good on an advert if someone air bru
shed me back a dozen years. I'm thinking something by Boris Vallejo.
I've always secretly wished I could paint like that.

Clinton to concede delegate race when Obama clinches....THANK GOD

Caption: Don't touch me...this is all your fault.

WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton will concede Tuesday night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, campaign officials said, effectively ending her bid to be the nation's first female president.
I wonder how many Super-Delegates were hoping to use some of their "15 minutes" by holding out with their votes?
Everyone has a platform...and wants to be heard.
But don't weap for Hillary. She can run again in 2012 against McCain. She has undoubtedly learned that if she wants to win her party's nomination she'll have to do a few things:she'll have to appeal to the "common man" as she tried to do late in this year's race.
She should not look to the General Election and take care of the hurdles that come in the form of caucus states on the way to the finish line.
She'll have to win states in the South.
She'll have to expose herself to less sniper fire in Bosnia.
She'll have to send her husband on an all expense paid year long media-free hooker and booze cruise.
She'll have to use other people's money and not her own. She has undoubtedly learned that only rich guys with lots of rich friends get to be president.
And of course, she'll have to be a man or get legislation passed that institutes afirmative action quotas to the office of the presidency.

OR is she conceding?
6/3/2008 10:40am Central Daylight Time
Clinton campaign says she's not conceding
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is "absolutely not" planning to concede the campaign to Barack Obama on Tuesday night, Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe told CNN on Tuesday.
So with this report from Reuters I'll add three more things Hillary will have to change to win her party's nomination.
Hire a different campaign chairman than Terry McAuliffe.
When you or your handlers say one thing, don't change it an hour later due to facts you failed to have available at that time.
Know when you are licked.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Super Kathryn Selmon

Kathryn was a sorority girl. Dewey was a football star at the University of Oklahoma. They fell in love — big time.
In 1977, they were married, even though many people told them different races should not mix or marry.
Thirty-one years later, Kathryn and Dewey Selmon — a famous name in OU football — are still married and are the loving parents of "The Selmon Seven,” who nominated their mother for the Tyson Gold Medal Mom honor. She is among 25 finalists across the country competing for this award.
She's a great lady and lives in Norman. She's married to an Oklahoma legend,
Dewey Selmon. Go to the site and give her a vote.

Depression era loot found

This May 2008 photo provided by Terri Deming shows a rusted box containing Depression-era currency found by her husband Dan at their farm near Briggsville, Wisc. Dan Deming had heard the rumors of treasure buried somewhere on his central Wisconsin farmland but he was never sure whether to believe them. The 34-year-old electrician was tearing down a 100-year-old shed on his farm recently when this rusted box tumbled from the rubble revealing wads of deteriorated $1s, $5s, $10s and $20s.
Silver certificates for the win!!!111
What cost $1700 in 1934 would cost $26958.54 in 2007 according to an online inflation calculator. In any event its a huge some just to have stored in metal box under your mattress. But as many of you know the U.S. Banking industry then is not as it is today.

Clinton seeks to go after Obama superdelegates

RAPID CITY, S.D. - As Barack Obama turns to concentrate on his general election challenge, his rival Hillary Rodham Clinton is mounting a last ditch campaign to stay relevant in what is left of the Democratic presidential contest.
So let's just say for fun...she manages to get enough Super-Delegates to win the nomination. That basically makes the Democratic Primary system a complete farce. Nice work...that will unite the Dems for sure!!!111

Kennedy at Duke for surgery on brain tumor

DURHAM, N.C. - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was at Duke University Medical Center on Monday for a risky six-hour surgery for his cancerous brain tumor, and faces chemotherapy and radiation treatment following the procedure.
So in a United States with Universal Healthcare, where would he have to have this surgery done? Yeah...he would pay for private care...because he's rich and can afford it. You and I...we would die waiting in line for the surgery...because the rich guys have all the doctors busy with private care patients.

Rock pioneer Bo Diddley dies at age 79

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Bo Diddley, a founding father of rock 'n' roll whose distinctive "shave and a haircut, two bits" rhythm and innovative guitar effects inspired legions of other musicians, died Monday after months of ill health. He was 79.
Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Fla., spokeswoman Susan Clary said. He had suffered a heart attack in August, three months after suffering a stroke while touring in Iowa. Doctors said the stroke affected his ability to speak, and he had returned to Florida to continue rehabilitation.
The marquee at the 23rd Street Theatre just down the street from the Oklahoma state capito buildingl still has his name on it from the last time he was here they never had another show in there.

It has seen better days, here it was in 1964.

There is a group trying to renovate this great American landmark. Notably in this picture is two other Oklahoma icon companies that are also gone. T.G.& Y. and C.R. Anthony Company. I worked at a T.G.& Y. when I was in college. Anthony's was run into the ground by the sons of the founder and died when malls took over the shopping world. Also notable is the "quick loan" store. This portion of N.E. 23rd street has fallen on hard times and is littered with many of these companies now.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Evening Edition

So it seems I'm still getting a ridiculus amount of hits per day. I'm going to try and add some articles as I find them during the day and post them in the evening. So Devil Dog's Daily News is going to an Evening Edition.
Thanks for the visits.