Friday, October 31, 2014

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

A lot of new movies and shows coming to Netflix in November. And a lot of movies and shows are being taken out of the library including favorites Serenity and Broadcast News. Plan your day accordingly... Fan favorite Kevin Youkilis has decided to retire. The Greek God of Walks saw 292 3-0 counts in his career (according to MLB Stats) and never swung at a single one of those pitches... 36-years ago yesterday the single greatest holiday episode of any show ever aired. As God as my witness I thought turkeys could fly... I have to wonder if Youkilis will spend part of his retirement taking the wife to follow brother-in-law Tom Brady's games on the road. My mind can easily picture Youkilis in a Winnebago... Heh heh - "Draw me like one of your French girls"... Can't stop thinking that in the next Avengers movie they are in effect fighting the Fox Sports robot... Very interesting story - the gentleman thief of Venice... The Steelers are retiring Mean Joe Greene's number this Sunday. How is it possible his number hasn't been retired already?... Speaking of Kevin Youkilis' brother-in-law, last Sunday Brady accomplished something only one QB in NFL history had previously accomplished. Brady had 85 percent completions (30-35), over 350 yards passing and 5 TD's with no INT's. The only other QB to accomplish this? Tom Brady... Interesting - India holds more gold than the governments of the US, Germany and Switzerland combined...

Friday, October 24, 2014

I Believe

I believe that men and women are equal except maybe physiologically. Men are on the whole stronger but women can create new life (which is awesome). The idea of a woman not being able to drive or vote or even pick out her own clothes is inherently ridiculous to me.

I believe that homosexuality is genetic and that homo and heterosexuals should have the same rights including the right to marry the one you love. I believe the idea that homosexuals should be stoned to death is barbaric and that the idea that there are no homosexuals in a country of 77 million (Iran) is farcical.

I believe that slavery is not just wrong but an inherent evil that should be stamped out.

I believe bacon is delicious.

To some my beliefs make me an Islamophobe. To those people I say "Screw you!"

Consider that the Westboro Baptist Church wouldn't even go so far as to disagree with some of the above sentiments yet they are rightly scorned and ridiculed in the US. How come that ridicule and scorn is never extended to Muslims who believe "Allah hates fags"?

I stand behind my beliefs. Do you stand behind yours?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning

- Penguins perform O'Canada prior to last night's game vs Flyers. I hope the San Francisco Giants make the same gesture of support.

- Wow - Rudy Giuliani really doesn't like Charlie Crist

- Founder of the Weather Channel - Climate change is nothing but a lie. The climate is changing but for reasons we neither understand nor control. We should be studying these reasons and not asking people to wear sack-cloth and ashes.

- Impact of vaccines in US

- "The Hot Zone" and the mythos of Ebola

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Very excited for this movie.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- 23-year old makes $500,000 a year on Twitter (sometimes I hate my life)

- Scary - what we give away when we log onto a public network. Makes me want to never use a network I don't know ever again.

- Heh heh - the 4 stages of Obama's crisis management

- Heh heh - the first woman on the moon

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) since it is funded by Federal tax dollars really should be called the American Center for Disease Control. Yes I am advocating for a name change to ACDC... I agree that Keith Foulke does not get the credit he deserves for the Red Sox 2004 post season success... My Wu-Tang Clan name is Chris... ACDC - Dirty Diseases Done Dirt Cheap... The US is $40 trillion richer than China. $40 trillion!!... If I ever met Gwyneth Paltrow - I would tell her how much I loved her on Friends just to try and tick her off...  I've said this before but I'd love to see the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy be renamed as the Red Auerbach NBA Championship Trophy... Have to agree that the Vikings look like the real winners in the latest Percy Harvin trade... If you are interested I like Cal getting 7 points at home today vs UCLA... ACDC - For those About to Fight Ebola (We Salute You)...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Modest Proposal

Here's an idea that's been floating around my head for some time and I'm not even sure if I'm advocating it - I'm just throwing it out there for consideration: maybe the Boston Red Sox should move Dustin Pedroia to shortstop.

Wait - wait! It's not a crazy idea. Pedroia was a shortstop in college so the position wouldn't be new to him and let's be honest defensively he'd be better than Xander Bogaerts. In this scenario Bogaerts would be moved to third base. Offensively Pedroia, even with his diminished power, would be in the top half of shortstops in MLB.

This scenario allows Mookie Betts to take over at second base. Boston could really use Betts as a lead-off man but with the Red Sox' full outfield would make it difficult to get him at bats on a regular basis. Who in the outfield is going to sit to make room for Betts? Yoenis Cespedes? Rusney Castillo? Shane Victorino (if healthy)? Daniel Nava? Allen Craig? This doesn't even mention Gold Glove caliber centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

This scenario would give the Red Sox an infield of Mike Napoli, Betts, Pedroia and Bogaerts. That's pretty solid. Of course some off season trades may clarify where everyone will play next year but I just wanted to throw this idea out there.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Global Warming

The Economist has an interesting look at the policies and programs that have had the biggest impact on curbing CO2 emissions.  What strikes me is the first and third most successful programs - you never really hear "Greens" talking about them. Could that be because the Montreal Protocol never would have become a reality without Ronald Reagan? It could be argued that Reagan ended acid rain but what self-respecting tree-hugger would argue that?

The third most successful thing identified to curb CO2 is nuclear power. You almost never hear "Greens" arguing for nuclear power even though one nuclear power plant probably has the same impact as all the Prius' being driven in the country.

It's almost like they'd prefer to see the Earth burn than ever give credit to something Republicans stand for.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Tough to pick a team to root for between the four remaining MLB teams but kind of leaning towards the Orioles just because of the great job Dan Duquette has done. It should be remembered that he only got the job because other candidates deemed it too radioactive... Pool and beer help you live longer! Later today I'm going to work on extending my life expectancy!...  Would love to see an episode of Louie where Louis CK goes for a picnic in the park with his kids and runs into the missing Russian from The Sopranos...  39-years ago tonight SNL first took to the air. The original thought was to have Albert Brooks as the permanent host... For proper elocution a person must have consistent vowel movements... This website is awesome! I will buy all my Christmas gifts there!... Block Me Amedaeus would be a great name for a fantasy football team...  Fantastic article on the one of a kind Bob Ryan... Always remember that the word "listen" contains the same letters as the word "silent". To truly listen you should be silent... Big as a hat! Great joke from Big Stupid Tommy... The Obama Drone artist seems like a great guy...

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Tale of the Tape - Rex Ryan vs Herm Edwards

So Rex Ryan bristles when being compared to Herm Edwards reign as HFC of the NYJ? Sometimes the truth hurts.

As pointed out - Edwards went 39-41 as Jets head coach but went to 3 playoffs. Ryan is currently 43-42 as Jets coach but only has 2 playoff appearances. The Jets might not win one game between now and their week 11 bye. If that happens - the bye week might be when the team finally announces the firing of Rex Ryan.

Consider this - Herm Edwards regular season winning percentage as Jets coach was .487. Right now Rex Ryan's winning percentage as head coach is .506 but if loses his next 3 games that falls to .489 and if he loses his next 4 that falls to .483 - worse than Herm Edwards. The next 4 Jets games are against the Broncos, Patriots, Bills, and Chiefs.

Maybe Rex Ryan is so bristly is because he's done the math?

Monday, October 06, 2014

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

The Patriots cheerleaders wearing Devon Still's jersey last night was a classy and touching move on the part of the franchise. Robert Kraft is also donating $25,000 to the Cincinnati Children's Medical Center in Leah Still's name. Well done Kraft family... The unanswered question from all of those Rob Lowe DirectTV commercials is the question of whether it was cable TV Rob Lowe or DirectTV Rob Lowe who filmed himself having sex with an underage girl... How many rednecks have "sticking my penis into a Golden Coral chocolate fountain" on their bucket lists? Asking for a friend... I can't believe Bill Belichick never said "On to Buffalo" in last nights post game press conference... There are kids in New England who will be turning one this Fall who have never had a Red Sox World Championship in their lifetime... I think in real life you would have to feed a Ticket Oak newborn infants on the eve of a full moon in order for the magic to work...

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Ebola Explained - a very good primer on the virus and what you should and should not worry about

- Your drinking habits compared to the rest of the country. This is one list where I'm happy not to be in the top 10 percent.

- I wrote this about Wade Boggs almost 10-years ago. I still stand behind every word. There's a reason the Red Sox never retired his number.

- One dog year does not equal seven human ones

- The Nat Geo photo contest always has amazing shots

The Devil's Wheel

This is strangely mesmerizing.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observation.

It's been three days since the Patriots were destroyed on Monday Night. I think I'm mostly over the loss... Every time I find a fruit fly floating dead in the head of my draft beer at a bar, I think "That's the way he wanted to die"... Farrah Fawcett... Olive Oil Dysentery would be a good name for a band or a fantasy football team... Holy shit!.... "With Great Pumpkin comes great responsibility" - Linus... Two girls one brat... Most Patriots are consoling themselves with the fact that it is now less than a week before the Bruins open their NHL season... Heh heh - scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics and references into scientific papers and articles as part of a long standing bet... So many fond memories of Saturday morning cartoons growing up but no more - tradition of Saturday morning cartoons is now over... I hope the people in the Bay area treated Joe Montana better when his career was winding down than the Boston sports radio callers are treating Tom Brady. Oh wait... You cannot lose weight by wearing caffeinated underpants....  Just a reminder - according to ABC News Barack Obama's parents were a Black man from Kenya and a white man from Kansas...