Maurice Clarett is an Asshat
Maurice Clarett, former running back for THE Ohio State Buckeyes, seems to believe that he doesn't have to play by any rules. He is an extremely talented sophomore (sophisticated idiot) running back who was instrumental in the 2002/2003 Ohio State National Championship.
The trouble with Maurice is that he really wants to play for a pro team and really isn't interested in playing for a college team. Even after winning the National Championship last year in double overtime against Miami he just shrugged his sholders and went off by himself, not even celebrating with his teamates.
According to NFL draft rules, a player is not eligible for draft until 3 years after high school graduation. He still has one season to go after this current one. He is challenging that. Part of the reason for this rule is the story of Tommy Maddox. Drafted after two years at UCLA by the Denver Broncos, he had several dismal seasons before finally landing with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Even the head of the NFL players union disagrees with Clarett's wishes to go pro. He says the rules in place are to allow a player to develop mentally and physically to play with the big boys of the NFL.
Maurice has already shown he is not durable. During his freshman year he sat out numerous games due to injuries. They survied without him. He has also shown his emotional immaturity by consistently breaking school rules, lying to police, and accepting inappropriate gifts from donors. All of which lead to his year-long suspension from Ohio State.
I think he should sit out this year, return to OSU next year, and develop into a man before he tries to ruin his life.
Let Allah sort 'em out
I love President Bush, but for some reason he continually appeases the mid-east Israeli terrorists. Part of the Bush doctrine is to eliminate all terrorists, and countries that support terrorism. Israel right now is considering killing Yassar WearsaHat. He is solely responsible for hundreds of dead Israeli men, women, and children. Why do we not stand behind Israel in removing this terrorist thug? We should supply the bullets. True peace will not occur until Arafat is out of the picture.
All terrorists, both foreign and domestic, terrorizors of ours, or those who terrorize our allies, should be dealt with in a similar manner.
Stupid Human Tricks
This is pretty funny, it shows how stupid people are.
Eliminate the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
I've about had it with the Pennsylvania Turnpike. More importantly, I hate the PA Turnpike Commission. In case you don't know, the turnpike is a toll road. You pay 5.5 cents per mile to drive on it. This throwback to the early days of interstate travel is past it's prime. The toll booths should be bulldozed, and the civil servant leaders at the commission should be sent to hold signs at PennDot.
Right now the Turnpike Commission is seeking to raise its per mile rate to compensate for rebuilding the aging road first opened over 60 years ago. The last toll increase was in 1991. But what do we get for these tolls?
The answer is, nothing spectacular. In its prime it was a marvel. A feat of engineering. It's just an old highway now. The road is bumpy and crumbling. If you stop at the travel plazas scattered along the state-wide 4-laner, you will pay rediculous prices for gasoline, and eat mediocre overpriced food. As I speak, the current rate for gasoline on the turnpike is about 15 cents a gallon more than that off the turnpike. A Burger King value meal is about $1.50 more on the turnpike than off.
The big wigs at the commission say the high food and gas prices is to compensate for increased costs of being open 24 hours. Well, many gas stations are open 24 hours, and they don't overcharge. Most restaurants located in travel plazas aren't even open 24 hours, so they have no excuse. Its just plain exploitation of a captive audience. They gotcha captive, and they may as well squeeze some more money from you.
In this day and age most of our highways are paid for with gasoline taxes. So why does this pay-as-you-go road still exist? Why are we paying twice, once with taxes and once with tolls, to support a road, where other superior roads are "free"?
You are probably sick of hearing about Isabel, especially if you don't live in the Northeast, but I have to include a brief update so you don't think I died or anything.
Isabel hit, and it rained and was windy. We didn't get too much here. Some leaves and branches down. My mom out in Carlisle PA got hit pretty hard. They lost one of their trees, it broke in half, another was uprooted. They also lost some shutters and shingles. From what I hear eastern PA like around Lancaster/Philly was hit with tremendous winds. I'll keep you updated.
Speaking of the Judiciary
I found this link from Ole Miss Conservative's Website.
It is a quick quiz to see which supreme court Justice you are. I'm Justice Scalia first, and then Rehnquist.
To take the quiz, click HERE.
Tyranny of the Judiciary
The 9th circuit court of appeals again has shown how wacky liberal communist they are. In case you don't follow this sort of thing, three socialist liberal constitution hating judges postponed the California recall election due supposedly because of the equal protection clause stating that the punch card voting systems are ineffective. If that is true than the November 2002 election which voted Grayout Davis to a second term was invalid because they used those same punch card systems they now claim are unfair.
This is the same court which ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional.
This sort of thing just proves that the Democratic party, currently out of power, only can grab power and shape laws by using activist judges. This shows that the Liberal wing of the Democratic party is not committed to the rule of law and insists on using these wacko judges to push their socialist agenda.
When President Bush tries to appoint judges who will obey the constitution the Democrats use all obstructionist and unconstitutional means to stop them. The Constitution states that you only need a simple majority to appoint judges. The Democrats led by Chuck Shumer and sHrillary Klinton use the filibuster to require a supermajority of 60 to break the Filibuster and declare cloture and hold a floor vote.
When are we as citizens going to revolt and get rid of these Democrats who appoint activist judges who disobey the Constitution and allow judges like Miguel Estrada to be appointed who will defend our sacred Constitution.
Not to Beat a Dead Horse
I'm sure those of you who do not live anywhere on the eastern seabord find this incredibly dull and boring, but I have to say something about Isabel, our friendly destructive hurricane.
Looking at this picture makes me marvel at the technology available to us right now. We knew a week ago that this old girl would be hitting us. We saw it develop from a tropical low to a storm, through to its present hurricane status now. How many lives will be saved by the long range forcasts available to us?
What would happen if this same storm hit us 50 years ago? 100? Granted the population living on the coast was less then, but it still scary to think how blind we were to ravages of mother nature just a few short decades ago. It makes you appreciate the time you live in now.
Sick of Subway
I ate at Pizza Hut today
Near my office there are only a handful of restaurants around. Right across the parking lot is Subway which is good if you want emaciating meals on airy bread. As far as fast food goes we have Burger King and McDonalds.
The local restaurants have a lot to be desired, mostly because they don't see providing meals in a timely manner a priority, so a bowl of soup takes 2 hours.
Packing lunch gets old quick, I get sick of leftovers and ham sandwiches. Subway gets old quick, only so many BMTs and Turkey Hams can one person tolerate.
The question is what to do for lunch? I could have Chinese buffet. But the fattening Americanized Chinese food served there is part of the reason I am bursting out of my pants. I defiantly look much portlier than I did in my senior year at Penn State.
Pizza is an option, but cheese is a weakness I have. Some people smoke cigarettes, I eat blocks of cheese. That itself could be a problem.
I just want a Wendy's or something different. Something different please!!
A Good Point
I received this as a forward e-mail from my wife. I don't usually even open anything that has the word "fwd;" in the subject line, unless its from someone I know. This email does make an excellent point. There are so many regulations meant to protect us from everything. Kids today don't even have jungle gyms to play on anymore!!
I Can't Believe We Made It!
According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or even the early 80's, probablyshouldn't have survived.
Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids or locks on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.
Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking ...
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors!
We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable!
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms.
We had friends! We went outside and found them.
We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt. We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us.
We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out any eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.
Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade.
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors, ever.
There's a Storm Front Commin'
Have any of you ever watched the original Austin Powers movie? Remember when Austin was driving that steam roller at around 2 miles for hour and was approaching a security guard who was like 100 feet away. Instead of running the guard just put up his arm and screamed in panic? That is how things feel right now in the Northeast.
A weakening, but still mighty, hurricane name Isabel is quickly approaching the North Carolina border. It is due to crash into the coast with 10-20 foot storm surge and winds of 100 miles an hour. Thank God I am in Pennsylvania...but...
The storm will then track northward into Pennsylvania and dumb torrential rain and heavy winds upon us here in the state that James Carville described as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in the middle.
Its amazing how right now as I look out my window it is warm, sunny, and calm. In two and half days all will be opposite. It will be cold, windy, and very wet. There is nothing you or I can do to stop it, or to avert any damage that will happen. Like the ever approaching story on Access Hollywood about J-Lo and Ben, this is destined to happen soon.
Some people are ignorant of the dangers of hurricanes, some are scared so bad they are building submarines in their basement to escape the horrors, and some simply look at it as a way to test their survival gear untested from the Y2K scare.
I look forward to it as something different. Its not often that we see a storm of this magnitude track this far north. And this storm WILL NOT bring about the end of the known universe. The power may go out temporarily, we may lose a few shingles, but in the end we will wake up Saturday, and still have bills to pay, and still have to go to work on Monday. Life will go on.
A word on Chicago
I read a great blog on Kim du Toit's website about the movie Chicago. I have to agree with him. It was a great song and dance movie, with great editing, great acting, and superb musical numbers. I highly recomend seeing it.
Living Beatles take a bite out of Apple iTunes
Proving that all hippy free love socialists deep down love the almightly dollar while still trying to defeat capitalism, former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are suing Apple iTunes over the use of the Apple logo and name in conjunction with the Apple iTunes service. It seems they own everything. I think Paul is still miffed that Michael Jackson outbid him for the rights to his own songs.
Do these RIAA buttheads have any clue? Don't they realize that this sort of thing is why downloading started in the first place? I bet these guys were against CDs when they came out for some odd reason. The problem with the RIAA and their members is that they don't seem to undestand the motives behind file and music downloading.
I grant you that a portion of the downloaders are crooks who just want free stuff, but more than that it is a population that is increasingly digital. From MP3 players to Tivos, the downloaders want their music portable, transferrable, and digital. The RIAA and its members have been slower than a DMV line at offering this service that the market obviously is demanding. People searched elsewhere for it. Instead of embracing it and offering a technology that would enable them to make money AND offer downloads, they fight every step of the way.
If the RIAA would have spent more time developing new technologies instead of trying to just protect their copyrights than maybe pay per download would be a norm in our society.
What Mr. Conductor and The Walrus don't seem to get is that people are getting more and more fed up with this kind of action. From suing Apple iTunes to suing a wheelchair bound honor student, they look more and more like anti-capitalist communists.
Man this guy is way out there. I thought Algore had issues. If Algore and sHrillary had a child, it would combine the smarminess of Algore with the Shrillness of sHrillary. Scary huh?
Dean thinks because the fictional president on The West Wing TV show was from Vermont, he actually stands a chance. Actually I'd love to see him get the Democrat nomination because I'd love to see a modern Nixon--McGovern rematch. I think this time it will be even less close.
Actually for some reason, Dean mystifies me. When he is on, I have to watch him. It's like when you come across a gory accident, and have to rubber neck. Cause face it, this guy is a disaster for the Dems. If he gets the nod, only the cultural elites in the northeast and the crazy hippies on the left coast will vote for him. Guaranteed.
McDonalds Sells Cheesesteaks?
I think I saw a sign of the acopolypse. McDonald's is selling "Philadelphia Cheesesteaks". What's with that? And to top it off, they sell them specifically in the Philly markets.
Let me think...would I rather have a cheesesteak at Pat's King of Steaks, or Micky Dees? There is something wrong with this. I guess they are just happy that the Eagles now allow people to bring hoagies into Lincoln Financial Field. They wanted to get in on the market. That's it.