February 4, 2008

Instant Karma's gonna get you!

I gave my self a few hours to fully enjoy last nights win before I got on here to rip Boston.
Regardless of if and when Commish Goodell meets with Congress to talk about his Nixonlike handling of the whole spygate ordeal, I just want to thank the New York football Giants for helping me continue on my quest to becomin a good parent, here is why: as my son grows I want to teach him to be an honest person. And as my parents always told me, "Cheaters never win," the Giants helped keep that saying true by beating the Patroits. So even though the Patroits cheated their way to a perfect regular season (16-0) and through the playoffs, becoming the first NFL team to become 18-0, the Giants with some love from Karma kept the Patroits from going 19-0 and thus cheaters do not win. A little Karma goes along way.

New York Giants Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap!

January 24, 2008

Chili?

Ok, I had this discussion the other night with my wife who was talking about chili. She said something about having chili without beans, to which I replied then "that is not chili". So here is the question:

What qualifies chili? Does there have to be beans in it for it to be chili?

I would like to have some feed back on this for arguments sake.

Here is my argument:
Chili needs beans. For chili to be called chili there needs to be beans. Chili without beans is just spicy spaghetti sauce. Chili with beans and pasta in it is called past fusul. My wife whole heartedly disagrees with my opinion and I would like to hear from some outside agents to weigh in on the discussion.

January 21, 2008

More Fear and Loathing in WCCC.

No class today due the holiday, and like Dr. King I too have a dream, and just like Dr. King i am in an uphill battle to obtain it.
18 January 2008 Noon. As class began the students around me were struggling to pull the heavy Norton Anthology out of their bags/purses/and anything else that resembled some form of convenient luggage. Before we could even begin our lesson a female student in the front of the class noticed the professors name tag. A new item that all school faculty is now made to wear. So as the professor was explaining herself, the class turned into show-and-tell. Students were pulling id's from wallets like men pulling singles for a dancer. I do not think I have ever seen so many people be able to conjure up their id's so quickly unless the cops were knocking on the driver side windows. Once the id's were out, we were led by said female about how she was able to take such a "pretty" photo, which led to discussions about the whole student id photo taking process. Finally around 12:17 pm we finally opened up the text and began to listen to the professor read the first poem. I began to feel a little relieved to think that we might actually engage in some discussion about the work. NO, NO, No. All of the progress was halted so the teacher, who only asked the class to tell what kind of rhyme scheme was being used, cold explain to said females boyfriend (the one who asked about the reading) what a rhyme scheme is and explain the rhyme scheme of the poem, which was ababab cdcdcd efefef. I also failed to mention how I sat watching this other female student hide behind her carry-on texting to her friend who I am sure was just 20 feet across the hall in another class room. This whole texting thing has me very confused. Honestly-how freaking important is your life that you have to be texting with whoever constantly? I sat there and watched how this female student text back in forth continually for the entire 50 minute class. she never shut her phone, her thumbs have got to be the strongest thumbs in the world. I feel that I am caught in chaos constructed by lack of self-motivation.

January 18, 2008

Fear and Loathing in WCCC.

I don't know if We Can Color and Count.
Because of SHU's small student body which makes getting classes you need when you need them more difficult then a big university I was directed to go to WCCC for a class I needed. For the respect of the professor that is teaching the course at WCCC I will keep the class I am in out of all rants about the class, except to say it is a English class. Trust me it is not the professors fault, I have spoken on the side with said professor and have nothing but respect for the professor, the problem is my class mates. On the first day of class we get a syllabus like any other class. List of readings, tests, etc. So what is the first thing that is asked. "Are we going to do all the readings in class, or do you want us to do this on our own?", professor reply, "On your own of course.", student again, "Really, I thought we would do these in class, I don't like reading on my own."-this is really what was said as I have been keeping a running transcript of the ridiculous dialogue going on in this class. I was complaining to McGinnis the other day about this when he told me I, "had passed onto the 13th grade". This is hell. I understand that this is community college and that some (most) of these students will never take another college English class again, but to dumb it down this much. I feel that I am being ripped off of my $264.00 to take this class. I want a refund.

Side note: I was reading a magazine the other day when I came across a piece about a Florida State law professor who began a class by having the students read aloud their Facebook profiles. As Dr. Jerz has mentioned numerous times about the public nature of these types of media, a female student was embarrassed because she claimed on her profile that "being slutty" was one of her hobbies. I have not been able to find the exact blog entry that this article was quoting but here is the link to the blog the entry has come from : http://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/

January 11, 2008

Robert Nutting makes Matt Millen look like a genius.

Why does Robert "Bob" Nutting get a free pass, while Matt Millen get hammered for the product they put on the field. I am in no way a Detroit Lions fan. But for some strange reason you always hear about the terrible job Millen has done in ruining a pretty good football franchise, yet hardly anything is said about the ridiculous job Nutting has done is ruing one of the best franchises in baseball history. Why am I bringing this up, well one reason and one reason only. This summer the New York Yankees will play three games at PNC Park (June 24, 25, 26), yet the only way a fan can get tickets to all three games without selling their soul is to buy a season ticket package. If you but at least an eight game package you earn your self the opportunity to purchase tickets to one of the three games. Now I am not going to argue that Mr. Nutting is one hell of a business man. Clearly Mr. nutting is making money off of the team, why else would he still own them. My problem is with his strong-arm tactics he uses to sell tickets. There is no way people should buy season tickets to watch the team that Mr. Nutting is/has put together for this upcoming season. he does not spend money (there is no salary cap) to make the club better, he cuts money to increase his share of the profits. Example: this past draft the Pirates (due to their horrible finish the year before) had the opportunity to draft a franchise cather. someone who would hit .300, 30+(hrs), and100+(rbis) for years to come. Instead of drafting that guy they pick a so-so closer from college. A closer is their number one draft pick ( I find it crazy because in the history of baseball and the modern game all the best closer were at one point in their careers professional starting pitchers) Mr. Nutting did this to save money on the contract. So as he did two seasons ago with the All-Star Game, Mr. Nutting has found a way to increase ticket sales without putting a dollar into the club. Sell season ticket packages as the only option to go and see the teams you want to see. Or maybe if Mr. Nutting put some money into the team the fans would buy the tickets to support the team, instead of buying tickets to support Mr. Nuttings bank account. That is all the fans are supporting. There is no way you can argue that you are really supporting the Pirates. I love the Yankees, but I also love the Pirates, I just wish Mr. Nutting took a page from Mr. Steinbrenner and put a little of what he earned back into the product he wants us to buy. Mr. Nutting for some reason (the money he is making on us the fan) doesn't see the need to do so, and that I find to be dirty business. But hey, he is the millionaire, not me/I.

December 24, 2007

A Yiddish Santa.

Since Christmas is close I started to think about why a person would and wouldn't celebrate Santa. As I was discussing these ideas with my wife I started to ask her about Santa and Jewish people. Her response was, "Go ask Shuster", but since I always mess up the time zone thing I didn't see the point in calling some one 4-5 times zones away for the answer I knew was coming "Santa is Christian." But I would have answered back, "was Christian, now he is open to all denominations." And I truly believe that. I no longer think Santa is just a Christian value, I think everyone should have a littler Santa in their holiday. Why shouldn't Jewish children also get gifts from the fat man. In see no harm in that. But I don't know why or why not. Santa is so enriched with capitalist greed I think the only people who shouldn't celebrate him is Marx and Engles. So if your not them then you should be knee deep in receipts and Shanta dolls. Or like our Jewish friends, keep Santa at bay and keep the responsibility of the gifts to Mom and Dad. Just something to think about while your up all night setting up toys to be destroyed in a blink of an eye tomorrow morning.
Happy Holidays to all (peace).

December 15, 2007

Bo knows not to Juice!

Now that MLB has gotten it's feared Mitchell Report, we have a little idea of how huge the whole steroid ordeal really is. No longer can people just call for Bonds' head. It wasn't just him, now leave him alone. Crucify your great Rocket. You know, Roger Clemens, the one people considered to be one of, if not the greatest pitcher alive, the only 7-time Cy Young winner. Now that they say he juiced, do all you Bonds haters feel the same way about him. Probably not, you love the Rocket. My opinion, so what. Baseball didn't care when it was happening, we as fans loved the effects of their decisions, so why burn them now. Baseball is so irrelevant, sorry but it really is, that it needs more than steroids to save it. Ever since Joe "Willie" Namath predicted a win in Super Bowl III baseball began to fall behind the NFL. Baseball needs to first get a salary cap to make their sport more competitive. Look at the NHL since they introduced a salary cap. Teams are selling more tickets now that the fans know they can compete. Baseball you need to grow the little fan base you have. (seriously look at the attendance at Tampa Bay,Baltimore, Florida, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Texas, et.al) Outside of New York/Boston) your fan base is falling. And some of these markets have great histories but poor owners (I'll save that rant for another time). Start over fresh right now, keep the records, but be harder on those who fail drug test. Be like other real professions. I mean steroids are illegal, so if you get caught using, you face criminal charges. That would send a clear message to the players and the fans. Also get a salary cap now-the owners need to quit sucking on the holy tit of the Yankees (I am a Yankee fan) and the Red Sox and get a cap to save the sport. And finally play a couple play off games in the day time. When kids are up-remember they are the future. Maybe these suggestions will help. So put the needles in the past, America loves to show support for rehab stories, and move on. Just please if you keep busting Bonds ass then bust the Rockets as well.
Viva Le Bonds.

December 13, 2007

Pass me the ketchup!

Somebody really needs to let President Bush know not to take Jonathan Swift seriously. Again with the veto to stop children in this country (USA) from having medical insurance. Why help our own children when we can help the children of the world. What does Bush want us to do with these kids-eat them? I am waiting for the punch line. Did he read A Modest Proposal> and come up with this plan. What about all of the kids here? What do we do about them, how do we help them? I guess there are more important things he has to worry about then trying to take care of the people in this country. MY bad, I thought he was the President of the United States of America or something.

December 10, 2007

But I'd never steal from Santa, cause that ain't right

Santa effing Clause!

The other night I was out shopping with the wife picking up some toys for Christmas. While we were at dinner I felt really good about what we got, especially the one gift that I knew my son would really love. So as I was sitting there drinking a beer when it just smacked me in the face. The truth that no matter how great of a present i bought my son, Santa Clause would get all the credit. And for a quick minute I got really upset with my wife for wanting my son to believe in the fat man. Honestly think about the whole Santa thing. Who is Santa? Santa is a grown man. A grown man who knows when you are sleeping and awake. He knows if you are good, and bad, he is always watching. He is also a grown man who sneaks into peoples homes, eats their cookies, wearing his red pj's and bearing gifts for the children, oh yeah-he sneaks out before anyone can catch him.. Nice guy to have your kids write letters to-only letting him know where to find them. See I kinda see Santa as a stalker, maybe someone Chris Hanson should be busting on his show . I can see Chris taling to santa as he comes up from the chimney: "So tell me Mr Clause, why are you bringing toys to little (insert child's name here) at 3:30 in the morning while all the parents are asleep?" or "And why is a grown man writing letters to little children and watching their every move?"
See Santa doesn't seem so nice now. I mean how is Santa any different from the other grown man who wears pj's, likes to talk to little kids, and bring them gifts: MJ?
Explain how Santa and Mike are so different, I'll tell you how: parents don't put their kids in line to sit on Michaels lap and have their picture taken with him, thats what.
So maybe I'm just a little bit jealous at Santa-I'm allowed. We as parents are the ones working, doing the best we can to give our kids the best Christmas each and every year and for what, so Santa can be the hero. I guess, because I know there is no way my wife is going to allow me to tell our son that HO Ho is not real. So I guess I will sit quietly and whine (WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA), but I'm not sitting little man on any laps, no photos please.

December 7, 2007

I miss you now, I guess, like I should have missed you then.

I hope my punctuation is correct in the title. Please be correct. Also I would like to point out that I, like Danni, now know that crack-cocaine whore is not to be capitalized. Seriously, before this class started I was in no way shape or form interested in taking the class. But because it was something I had to take I put my big boy pants on and did it. Now as the class is ending I realize that I really enjoyed the class, this isn't fluff, I did enjoy this class. I now have this new appreciation for journalist and the work they do. As a fan of the print news-actually internet new sites but it still isn't TV-i never really thought about what went into the paper on a daily basis all the deadlines, and the fact checking, etc. The examples you gave us to do and all the countless crime articles I wrote really helped me understand how talented journalist are. I won't lie and say i enjoyed all the wb's but I will admit I did enjoy the mock press conferences-even the one where I shut the door on President Boyle. I really appreciated how much time and energy you put into the Janet Morton, Martin-whatever her last name is/was crime story, I think that the way you created the scenarios because I felt that the way that class was run with the different actors and the time constraints, that would probably be as close as I ever would get to having to cover, write and report on anything ever. So thanks for that experience. I also am glad that this semester did not kill you-you had us a little worried, but I am glad you are A-ok. This is also my final blogging portfolio (it really is-wow), as a parting gift I would like to post all my prior portfolios:
Lit Crit portfolios:
My first blog portfolio happens to be portfolio 1
Portfolio II (what a title eh?)
'This is the end, beautiful friend the end.'
Newswriting portfolios:
My journalese portfolio.
Baby
blog, I love the way your portfolio play, all the crazy tales I hear you say.

Here are the entries to my portfolio:

Like a pilot episode of some court drama. (Coverage/Depth/Timeliness/Discussions/Interaction/Xenoblogging).
'em are ducks? (Coverage/Depth/Timeliness)
Then Read Your Own Paper. (Coverage/Depth/Timeliness/Discussion/Interaction)
Who Thought That Many People Still Read the Paper!(Coverage/Depth/Timeliness)
Queens on the Diamond. (Coverage/Depth/Timeliness/Interaction/Discussion/Xenoblogging)
Creative-Maybe. Chaucer-NO! (Coverage/Timeliness/Depth)
Kinda LIke the Myers Piece. (Coverage/Depth/Timeliness/Interaction/Discussion)
Like Writing to a Pan Pal. (Coverage/Depth/Timeliness)
It All Comes Back to This. (Coverage/Depth)
For the Wildcard I have two equally talented blogs to present. One goes out to the late Doug Feckless, and the other is a little rant I had.
Rest in Peace Doug Feckless.
Avaritia will kill us all!

So that is it, I'm finished and I am out. But be sure to check back because you never know what I may write about, and link to-it will be fun. I have enjoyed this class, and my fellow classmates, not to mention the wise one-Dr. Jerz, so until we meet again-PEACE!

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