Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Rosalinde et Michel Deville
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Wong Kar Waï
Betrand Van Effenterre
The other team played good defense and held us to 13 runs (the way we were hitting, that's good defense) but we played great defense and shut them out. 13-0 in 5 innings and everyone's home early. I went 2 out of 3 for a season of 31 out of 41 (.756) .. that doesn't count errors / fielder's choices or walks (the walks I didn't count at all, hits or at bats) so my on base percentage is even better heh
In baseball, the Braves won again (14 out of 17) and are 2 back from the Rockies for the wildcard [and 4 back from Philly for the division, but with 6 back, wc is all that is realistic].
Monday, September 28, 2009
At least now they aren't trying to cover up the fact that they believe that the illegal immigrants should get health insurance (yes they still call it 'healthcare') although they stop short of saying the illegal immigrants should receive subsidies for it (that will be next or the amnesty first).
The Democrats, trying to stiffen their party's spines on the contentious issue, say it's unfair to bar illegal immigrants from paying their own way in a government-sponsored exchange. Legal immigrants, they say, regardless of how long they've been in the United States, should be able to get government-subsidized health care if they meet the other eligibility requirements.
"Legal permanent residents should be able to purchase their plans, and they should also be eligible for subsidies if they need it. Undocumented, if they can afford it, should be able to buy their own private plans. It keeps them out of the emergency room," said Rep. Michael M. Honda, California Democrat and chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. (link)
Now if we could get the Obamabots to start being truthful on a couple of other points: 1) it's health insurance you're talking about, not healthcare; everyone in this country has healthcare already; 2) costs; tell the people the real costs and let them decide then (of course this is a big non-starter for the overhaul, but at least you'd be honest) and 3) get a grip on the number of people that actually NEED insurance (not the number of people that do not have it) before you rail against the hundreds of millions of people that are doing just fine the way it is.
The Republican party has been called the party of 'no' by the media and the Democrats (redundancy alert) but in this case a 'no' is much better than the clusterfuck that the Obama administration is attempting to push through.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.
Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it "Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold."(link)
So not only will Obamacare kill our economy, it will quite possibly help to fill the jails with the uninsured.
Friday, September 25, 2009
I went 1-3 (my worst night since the 2nd game) and have a batting average of .763 (29 out of 38) so not bad.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
More good news from the party once called conservative. Cap and Tax err Trade is one of the biggest (not the biggest since ObamaCare is still in the works) thefts of American wealth ever put forth by any legislature.
Clyde Middleton and I just concluded a blogger conference call with the House Whip Team. On the call were Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Erik Paulsen (R-MN).The major news from the call was that Cap and Trade is, according to Rep. Jordan, “all but dead in the House.”...(link)
For the purpose of 'protecting the climate' (which the bill wouldn't even do) the citizens would have to pay higher prices for energy... and of course since every product you buy has energy being used to make it, guess what would happen to the prices of all those 'luxury' goods (you know: food, water, shelter, etc.)? Of course they'd skyrocket also. Since the manufacturers would have to pay more to produce, they would charge more (not the full amount, some would be taken back by cutting pay and a very small amount eaten from profit) for their products to consumers.
So not only do you have the 'direct tax' of higher electric bills (around $1761 per year [link]) you would also bite the indirect price raise by each business that had their electric bills raised. The cost to each person would be much higher than any estimate because of the 'pass-down' method of pricing by business.
Killing this behemoth bill is a very high priority (just behind the ObamaCare fiasco) and you should let your congresscritters know how you feel on this. (easy way here)
Ed talks about this among other non-tax taxes in his latest AIP column here
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus on Wednesday sought a promise from the Obama administration that the government will stop rescuing huge financial institutions on the brink of failure. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner declined.Finally the R's are acting more and more like conservatives... now that they can't reasonably expect to accomplish anything.
“You can’t fix the system, make it more stable in the future, by hoping and promising that you’re going to ... abolish the fire station or block the doors of the fire station when the crisis breaks out,” Geithner told Bachus during a Wednesday morning hearing on Capitol Hill. “It’s not a strategy that works.”(link)
If they had acted like this when they controlled Washington, we might not be in the 'dire straits' we're in now. When confronted with Democrats and Democrat-lites, the voters will usually pick the authentic ones.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Austin played great and won big (4th in a row) to start the weekend off. although their schedule will jump in coming weeks [link].
Tennessee played better than expected (by the 'experts') and had a good game with (1) Florida, but lost.
Dallas looked great and awful, sometimes on the same drive. Romo gave the game away with some bad passes and the defense couldn't stop Eli on 3rd down for @%##.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Bowled decent Wed. night, knee was ok (some discomfort so had to adjust) and we won em all again (14-0 after 2 weeks and 1st place).
UT plays Florida this week and no one give Tenn better than a 45-10 score (I've seen worse). I'd be highly surprised if UF scores over 30 in this game with UT's defense the way it is. Of course our offense is terrible so we would be lucky to get past 10 :(
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
A tribute to a time now dead; when Democrats were anti-Republican, but pro-American. A time when national security was something thrown into a debate simply to highlight a weakness, not something that would make or break a race for office.
A time when my only concerns in life were to my wife and upcoming child (daughter was born in Dec. '01). When muslims were only thought of in passing by most, and not at all by some. A time when the country was still reeling over the difficulties of Floridians in picking a Presidential candidate and the Supreme Court decision that it lead to.
A time when the world was somewhere else and rarely intruded upon the lives of the simple folk of this great land. A time of naive innocence.
All this changed in one brief, yet agonizingly long, morning in September of 2001. On that day, 19 murderers, enemies of the U.S. and all it holds dear, successfully launched an attack on the very heart of the American Dream. On that day, approximately 3,000 citizens were lost in the first major battle in a war that most did not know existed and still will not acknowledge.
No matter what side of the red/blue divide you are on; no matter where you stand in the creation vs. evolution debates; no matter what your view of the Israel/Palestinean conflict is; this day is a day to remember those that were killed in the name of Islam.
This is the day to say to your children that the U.S. will NOT back down; will NOT lightly lose 3,000 of it's precious peoples. On this day, 8 years ago, the country became one like it has only a few times in the history of this great land. That should be remembered ... and mourned.
With so many of our 'great' leaders so quick to make cheap the sacrificies of the nation, the people and specifically the ones who died; take time out to tell your loved ones, your neighbors, your friends, exactly what they mean to you. Treat them with the respect and kindness that you would want to be treated with and NEVER let them forget who the real enemy is.
~Lord Nazh [I'll never forget!] (this caused some controversy the first time, but it is simply a tribute; if you don't like some of my sentiments, don't read them [edited for years])
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
A pitcher switch and some good hitting and we went home early yet again.
Bowling starts tonight, me and my dad on a team, it should be fun.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
I went to the ER after but am ok.
Tonight we played the team that is tied for 1st with us and neither team could do much; until the last couple of innings when we woke up and won it 15-9. I have been hitting like crazy, I'm 18-20 in my last 4 games (with a sac fly in there) and scoring runs like crazy. :)