Monday, October 31, 2011
Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.
Tonight for Halloween I will be dressing up as a woman with no shadow - it can mean whatever I want it to mean (which actually means that I will not be wearing any costume)... Ford to reintroduce 1965 Mustang... Is it possible that Occupy Wall Street is actually some sort of David Blaine stunt gone horribly wrong?... Who knew - Ralph Wilson originally wanted his AFL team to be based in Miami. Buffalo was his second choice... Jason Giambi had his option picked up by the Rockies. Giambi has made over $131 mil in his career - better living through chemistry indeed!... Very cool video on the scale of the Earth in relation to some of the other heavenly bodies... What will be viewed as a bigger joke in years to come - Obama's Attack Watch web site or the "I am the 99%" meme?... Of Tom O'Brien, Jeff Jagodzinski and Frank Spaziani - who could have guessed that Coach Spaz would potentially be last one with a head coaching job?... Ronald Reagan came up with his 11th Commandment "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican" precisely because of treatment Mitt Romney is getting from people like George Will.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
The protesters at Occupy Wall Street argue that they are the 99% but in reality they are the 1%. Very interesting article from Motley Fools:
The recent Occupy Wall Street protests have aimed their message at the income disparity between the 1% richest Americans and the rest of the country. But what happens when you expand that and look at the 1% richest of the entire world? Some really interesting numbers emerge. If there were a global Occupy Wall Street protest, people as well off as Linda Frakes might actually be the target.Think of it this way. A person is very lucky to be born in the US. If you were to offer 99% of the world's population a chance to switch places with a Wall Street Protester they most likely would jump at that opportunity. And they most likely wouldn't wait very long to fold up their protest tent and get to work making their American dream a reality. Meanwhile - how long do you think it would take for that Wall Street Protester now in some foreign land to realize how good they had it back in the USA?
In America, the top 1% earn more than $380,000 per year. We are, however, among the richest nations on Earth. How much do you need to earn to be among the top 1% of the world?
The whole situation reminds me of this Louis CK interview:
Stuff I found interesting and thought I'd share.
- Man to collect $275,000 after Cardinals win World Series. There has to be a great story behind this. I image a guy in Vegas who is huge Cardinals fan. He wins some money at blackjack or something and puts bets in on Cardinals because Yankee fan friend keeps giving him crap. I hope the backstory here is something cool.
- What's the McRib made of anyway? Even after reading this - I'll still probably eat a couple.
- Pat Sajak has no idea what to say to this.
- Question of the day: What does a yellow light mean?
Friday, October 28, 2011
William Tecumseh Sherman was the first superintendent of LSU (at the time named Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy). By all accounts he was the best man for the job and did a tremendous job as head of the University. He was only there for a brief period of time but made a lasting contribution. Less than 5 years after leaving LSU - Sherman's name was hated in the state.
Nick Saban was the head football coach at LSU for about the same period of time as it took to wage the Civil War. He took over the program in November of 1999 and stayed on the job for 5 years. In 2003 he led the school to a BCS Championship. The program has been a top program ever since.
Now Nick Saban is the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide a program he led to a National Championship in 2009. I can't help but think that Saban and Sherman are somehow kindred. Both are probably held in similar regard by the people of Louisiana.
As a further Civil War connection - the LSU team name is the Tigers. This comes from the Civil War where Robert E. Lee started calling all soldiers from Louisiana "Tigers" after a New Orleans infantry company called the "Tiger Rifles" fought so well for him and his Army of Northern Virginia.
I can't believe I have to wait another week for this game.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Talk about your tempest in a teacup stories. Patriots tightend Rob Gronkowski being photographed with a porn star and apologizing for it has become subject dejure. Here's my take on the situation.
Fist off - he didn't tweet the pictures - Bibi Jones tweeted the pictures. Second my understanding is that he apologized to Mr. Kraft in passing. More sorry for the attention the story is getting then for the pictures being posted I would guess.
I do think that if he was going around wearing his uniform jersey then he should apologize for that. He's not in high school where wearing the jersey on a Friday night was thought cool by some. If he was wearing his own jersey he should apologize for being a dork (although being with Bibi Jones erases much of that dorkiness if that is the case).
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25. "Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed saying we've done something wonderful ... that matters to me."
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The Strip resort has filed a lawsuit in Clark County District Court against frequent customers Leonardo Fernandez and Veronica Dabul, both Argentine nationals, asking for the return of about $700,000 Wynn officials say they illegally won during a monthlong cheating spree that ended with their arrest on July 18.
The two are suspected of working with several unidentified customers who placed bets or distracted dealers and are accused of pulling off their gambit by using an infrequently seen technique known as dice sliding.
As the name implies, dice sliding involves sliding at least one of the dice across the table after positioning it in the hand so that the desired number, generally a six, remains face up.
No one claims that sliding, also called scooting, can deliver exact numbers, but skilled sliders can considerably shorten their odds of winning.
Dabul was released after two days in the Clark County Detention Center. Fernandez was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service on July 25. Immigration officials could not say what Fernandez's current status was late Friday.