Friday, July 24, 2009

Perfect


CHICAGO – Mark Buehrle pitched the 18th perfect game in major league history, and Chicago White Sox center fielder DeWayne Wise got the assist.

You don't see that everyday.

Via Wikipedia:
A perfect game is defined by Major League Baseball as a game in which a pitcher (or combination of pitchers) pitches a victory that lasts a minimum of nine innings and in which no opposing player reaches base.[1] Thus, the pitcher (or pitchers) cannot allow any hits, walks, hit batsmen, or any opposing player to reach base safely for any other reason—in short, "27 up, 27 down". The feat has been achieved only 18 times in the history of major league baseball—16 times since the modern era began in 1900.

Officials lambast NJ corruption after 44 arrested


NEWARK, N.J. – Officials are decrying political corruption in New Jersey after more than 40 people, among them rabbis and elected officeholders, were arrested in an investigation in which some were accused of laundering tens of millions of dollars and of black-market trafficking of kidneys and fake Gucci handbags.

The 44 arrests Thursday were a remarkable number even for New Jersey, where more than 130 public officials have pleaded guilty or have been convicted of corruption since 2001.

"New Jersey's corruption problem is one of the worst, if not the worst, in the nation," said Ed Kahrer, who heads the FBI's white-collar and public corruption division. "Corruption is a cancer that is destroying the core values of this state."

Everyone is out to make a buck. Some choose to do it with illegal activities. Selling the kidneys of cash strapped, desperate people? Sick bastards. There is a special circle of hell for you.

Maybe they are taking the Facebook game Mob Wars a bit too seriously.

All but one of the officeholders are Democrats.

Was that a necessary statement?

Does
any of this actually surprise anyone? Perhaps. But it doesn't surprise me at all. In Oklahoma we have corrupt county officials and the occasional corrupt Supreme Court judge or . Need a road paved? Take up a collection from your neighbors and schedule a lunch with your County Commissioner. In the 1980s a probe of the county commissioners was launched. Oklahoma has 77 counties. Each county has 3 elected County Commissioners for a total of 231 County Commissioners state wide. During the early 1980's over 200 of Oklahoma's County Commissioners and suppliers were indicted in federal courts in a massive kickback scandal*.

*More about the crazy place DDDN studios calls home is found on Bubba World. And before I'm asked...no, chickens are not animals.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The gloves are off now

HARTFORD, Conn. -ESPN banned staffers from the New York Post from appearing on any of its programming on Wednesday after the newspaper published photos this week taken from a video showing sideline reporter Erin Andrews nude in a hotel room.

The Post published three images from the blurry video Tuesday.

"While we understand the Post's decision to cover this as a news story, their running photos obtained in such a fashion went well beyond the boundaries of common decency in the interest of sensationalism," ESPN senior vice president of communications Chris LaPlaca said in a statement Wednesday night.

Publishing those photos was in really bad taste. It's a no brainer that everyone warm blooded man on this planet would like to see Erin in the buff. I mean seriously!

The blurry pictures only confirm that someone really did video her. Which if you know how to use any of the bit torrent-esque services you are already aware of. Publishing the pictures was not necessary.

You can see the blurry images on their website.

Can you say "traffic generator"?

I knew you could.

They should give a portion of the ad revenues they are making off page hits to Erin.


Jealousy? What else could it be?


MIAMI – A South Florida town manager who married a porn star last year was fired at an emergency meeting after the mayor and council members learned about it.

Fort Myers Beach town council voted 5-0 to fire Scott Janke "without cause" after Mayor Larry Kiker called the Tuesday night meeting.

Kiker said he learned that afternoon that Janke's wife is an adult film star, and the elected officials took the action a few hours later.

I cannot possibly see how this could have affected his abilities at his job? Is porn that widely spread? I didn't know who she was? I mean if you were married to one of the marquee porn stars that might distract some, but everyone? Is it really about the image of the city?

One for the Ladies....

Due to a recent increase of 33% in our female readership (we have confirmed another female reader).
Welcome Abagale/Betty!
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And as you all know the Scrabble Cheatin' Fritz enjoys these pictures as well.


This is Gilles Marini. Apparently he is a recent 2nd place (1st Looser) finisher on Dancing with the Stars.

Debt reduction pushes Ford to $2.3B 2Q profit


DEARBORN, Mich. – Helped by a lightened debt load, Ford Motor Co. posted a surprise second-quarter profit of $2.8 billion Thursday, following the worst loss in company history a year earlier. Shares rose 8 percent.

The net profit ends a string of four straight quarterly losses for the nation's second-largest automaker, which has gained U.S. market share at the expense of crosstown rivals Chrysler Group LLC and General Motors Co., both of which spent time under bankruptcy court supervision. Ford last went into the black in the first quarter of 2008, with net profit of $70 million.

However, excluding its debt reduction and other items, Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford would have reported a quarterly loss, though smaller than Wall Street expected.

I think praise is still warranted. They didn't take any bailout money and they have things turning around. I'm still not convinced all the bailout money was really necessary. I wonder what Henry Ford would have said about the bailout of the auto industry?

Monday, July 20, 2009

40 years ago...simply amazing



Walt Disney, the Super Bowl and The Ed Sullivan Show would have nothing on the televised audience expected for the moon landing later in the day. An estimated 500 million souls worldwide would watch the event on mostly grainy, black-and-white television sets. Others would huddle around radios, hanging on words that would forever change the imprint of mankind.

I was living on Guam at the time. We woke up to the news that they had landed on the moon. It was just after Midnight on the 21st when they touched down. Look at the technology we have today. Imagine that all this was done using the slide rule and computers that your crappy desktop at work could out process.

Simply amazing.