Monday, January 30, 2006

You know this guy feels like a HUGE idiot...

My candidate for CHOAD OF THE CENTURY! I'm eager to see other nominations however...

Update [2/6/06]: Apparently this guy doesn't feel like a huge idiot, and even implies that the museum put them in a bad place and that's why he destroyed the vases. The vases were there for 40 years and nothing bad happened!

Friday, January 27, 2006

The French aren't so bad

Seriously...can you imagine any American president being as cool with this as Chirac was? That's the kind of laid-back, relaxed leadership you can get when you don't condemn your leaders for sexual indiscretions. :) [i.e., Chirac was probably getting a BJ while on the phone)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Student athletes

It really is a shame how a few student-athletes ruin the reputation of all the other student-athletes. Is it my firm belief that that these particular athletes (I drop the student portion deliberately) generally come from men's basketball and men's football. Could it be because these are the sports that the boosters are so crazy for and will do anything to see succeed? They are coddled, told that they are important, and eventually they believe it. Worse, they come to universities openly bored with the purpose of the university - education. Colleges and universities have become training grounds for professional athletes, which is not desirable for either the universities or the athletes. Here's an idea I have never heard anyone talk about, which is surprising now in retrospect: why don't we get rid of athletic scholarships? What the hell good are they? The defense of athletic scholarships would probably involve some sort of argument like - "you're telling a whole lot of people they can't go to college". But as far as I can see, we're freeing up scholarship money to go to someone who has really worked on their academics in order to get into the university and succeed. And for everyone who says that these programs make money for the university, it's well documented that most don't in fact do so, at least not when you take out the money the university provides, and especially when you consider that most boosters give money to the athletic programs, and not the universities. Further, the argument that they are good advertising for the schools seems odd - they aren't advertisements for the academics, but instead for the worst aspects of college life. I remember hearing one girl at an FSU/Miami game (which FSU was losing, natch) yell "why do I go to this school?" Why indeed. Is it good for us as a country if students are making college choices based on the winning of national championships or bowl games, which almost by definition requires the surrendering of academic integrity? Shouldn't we be lionizing the academic prowess of schools to the degree that we hob the nob of people like Joe Paterno and (long live) Bobby Bowden? Anyway, down with athletic scholarships. If they want to play college football, great. Otherwise, make them create a minor league football system to train their thugs and idiots.

Monday, January 23, 2006

YOU MUST HAVE SEX!

It looks like Apple has managed to piss more than just a few people off with their latest advertising campaign. After teaming up with Intel to produce chips for their Mac computers, they took an underhanded shot at Intel and Windows insinuating that the chips were now being produced for more than just "dull little boxes" performing "dull little tasks".

I guess that wouldn't have been too bad itself, had they not ripped off frame by frame a music video for the group The Postal Service. Did they not think anyone would notice? It's not like MTV plays music videos anymore, but come on, someone somewhere is going to be able to point that one out.

Friday, January 20, 2006

The King Creepy?

This article doesn't tell us anything we don't already know about the extremely high price tag on a 30 second advertising spot during the Super Bowl... however, I thought it was interesting that the author pointed out the vague creepiness behind the King from the Burger King commercials. He seems to me to be a lot less creepy when he is running down the football field than when he is sneaking up on somebody in their backyard. I thought I was the only one.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Greenpeace

Dude...this is the funniest/best left-wing pinko crazy eco-terrorism I've ever heard of. It has all the best aspects of a practical joke: poignant AND hard to clean up.

UCLA Crap

Another in my long series attempting to document the Right Wing attempt to establish political litmus tests for academic classrooms! They are dying to turn it into high school...
Actually, I should say that it seems like everyone is backing away from this fringe nutjob.

Willy Nagin and The Chocolate Factory



I think it's awesome... we can rename Salt Lake City, Utah the Vanilla City and New Orleans the Chocolate City... It's brilliant!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Shatner is a God



Even his excretia is worth more than my total assets.

I bet this is how he looked when he passed it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Football thoughts

Nice melt down Indianapolis. I'm guessing that from here until the end of his career that regardless of his team's record, Tony Dungy will NOT be resting starters for the last three weeks of the season. I can't believe that not but four-five-ish weeks ago people were talking about the Colts as one of the best teams in NFL history. They won exactly as many play-off games this year as the Jags did.

I read an article today that stated that the best team did not win the Saturday game between the Broncos and the Patriots. I really can't stand that statement. It's the same concept as people talking about the Chargers this year and what a great team they were. If the Chargers had been such a great team they would have made the play-offs and if the Patriots were the better team, they would have beaten the Broncos. I'm not clear on what is so difficult about that concept.

It should be a good match up next weekend between the Steelers and the Broncos. My money's on the Broncos, but I'd love to see the Bus drive off into the sunset with the Lombardi trophy.

Statesboro in the News

I thought small towns were supposed to be crime-free bastions of the way America used to be. Apparently, some people REALLY hate Martin Luther King Day parades and will do anything they can to stop them.

Friday, January 13, 2006

In case you haven't heard, the Green Bay Packers have hired Mike McCarthy as their next head coach. The firing of Mike Sherman made little sense to me, and the hiring of McCarthy makes even less. Maybe they know something I don't, but it seems a little ridiculous to me to fire someone who had five straight winning seasons, who led the Packers to three straight NFC North titles and replace him with someone who oversaw the second worst offense in the NFL last year. I understand the connection between McCarthy and Favre, but come on...



I've said it before and I'll say it again, Brett Favre is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, but this seems to me like a horribly desperate and transparent measure to coax one or two more years out of a guy who really has nothing left to accomplish and who has been considering retirement for at least three years now. Wouldn't it be easier just to say that they are rebuilding and hold onto a coach who was quite clearly successful, relatively young and take your bruises while you're acquiring new young talent? I guess that's why I'm not a GM in the NFL.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

American hero

Wow...I wish that someone had made this guy's name more mainstream. I'm pleased to see that the military reversed course on him shortly after the incident. I'm displeased to see that Nixon reduced Calley's sentence by so much - I never knew that.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Virginia Tech

It's pleasing to know that the new members of the ACC will be able to distract from any off-the-field hijinks going on in Tallahassee. That's excellent strategy, bringing them into the conference. Now if we could just kick extra points.

Seriously, Marcus Vick is a choad, and always has been. I hope he goes undrafted - maybe the T.O. saga has made NFL teams a little more trepidatious about drafting criminals.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Hollywood

So, it's good to know that no matter how successful, tabloid-hunted, and hot these celebrities get, God is still willing to remind them that under all that success, they are still the same dorks that they were when they were 12 years old.

Full disclosure: I am one of these very same dorks.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Ouch...

I can't help but notice that there hasn't been a post in a while. To end this cold streak, I offer to you this amazing headline.
Cornhole for the Troops
Seriously, you can't buy a headline like that if you're the Democrats.

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