Monday, November 24, 2008

Hitting The Road

After a long day of work I will be hitting the road this evening for my somewhat annual trip to the old homestead in Ohio which means posting here will be light to non-existent for awhile. So while I have the opportunity I would like to wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

See you on the flip side.

What Is Worse, The Punishment Or The Crime?

Most of us hate it when while sitting at a stop light we are forced to hear the thumping of a horrible stereo system cranked well past it's useable volume from the car next to us. A judge in Colorado must have had that happen to him one too many times when he came up with the punishment he doles out to noise ordinance violators that come into his courtroom.
Fort Lupton Municipal Judge Paul Sacco says his novel punishment of forcing noise violators to listen to music they don't like for one hour has cut down on the number of repeat offenders in this northwestern Colorado prairie town.

About four times a year, those who plead guilty to noise ordinance violations are required to sit in a room and listen to music from the likes of Manilow, Barney the Dinosaur, and The Platters' crooning "Only You"

Being forced to listen to Barney or Barry Manilow would certainly be painful enough for me to change my ways...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

This Must Be Why He Gets The Big Bucks

South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long thinks a bad economy might result in an increase in crime.
"When the economy goes in the tank, law enforcement usually has more work to do."

If a grasp of the obvious is a part of his job description, this statement certainly proves his qualifications.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

They Can't Be Serious...

KSFY can't be serious can they? SDSU vs NDSU on in primetime instead of Texas Tech vs Oklahoma? Not cool...

As an aside I wonder how the suits at ABC corporate would feel about that big NBC peacock logo currently being prominently displayed on one of their local ABC affiliates?

A Real One Of A Kind

I have to admit that I am a closet car guy. Owning a muscle car is a dream I have had for as long as I can remember dreaming and putting a 1970 Torino Cobra in my driveway will just about guarantee that I could die a happy man no matter what happened afterwards.

As I am sure everyone is aware, owning a musclecar isn't something your average McDonalds or Walmart employee (or field service technician for that matter) can afford to do but for a few days in January, those of us that like to dream do have the opportunity to watch some of the finest examples of Detroit muscle hit the auction blocks as part of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction on Speed Channel.

This year's auction has a real gem that will likely require a checkbook quite a bit larger than your average car collector normally has when T-Bird #1 hits the auction blocks in Scottsdale on Saturday January 17th, 2009. The 1955-57 T-Bird along with the Corvette are often attributed with starting the musclecar era and the first ever production car of Ford's popular Bird has to be the most desirable example there is.

The current economic troubles will likely effect what this car eventually sells for but 2 things are for sure, it will be a lot, and it will be worth every penny. Read the sellers description and see more pictures of this historic car here.

Monday, November 17, 2008

A Focus On The Family Christmas

Very few things that Focus on the Family does makes much sense to me or to most free thinking individuals for that matter and the latest of their ridiculous campaigns is no exception. This time they are putting out a list of "Christmas-friendly" retailers, "Christmas-negligent" retailers and "Christmas-offensive" retailers based on how they refer to the holiday in their advertising and other literature.
On Thursday the Colorado Springs-based ministry's political action arm launched its second-annual holiday campaign by posting an online shoppers guide with three categories: "Christmas-friendly" retailers, "Christmas-negligent" retailers and "Christmas-offensive" retailers.

The "friendly" retailers are so designated because they prominently use "Merry Christmas" and other Christmas-specific references in their catalogs and in-store promotions. Those on the Christmas-offensive list use secular phrases such as "happy holidays" and have "apparently abandoned" the use of the word "Christmas," Focus said. Christmas-negligent companies "marginalize" their message by using "Christmas" in some cases and "holidays" in others.

I am probably a bit cynical when it comes to anything Focus on the Family does but isn't putting out a list of retailers promoting Christmas commercialism "properly" a bit of an oxymoron considering most Christian groups already consider Christmas to be too commercial?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

It Really Wasn't That Bad Was It?

I spent much of yesterday updating the trusty iPod in preparation for the 14 hour drive the family and I are planning to Ohio over Thanksgiving. While loading up on some of the 80's best tunes I decided to hit up YouTube to check out the videos that went along with some of these oldies but goodies. In the process I think I discovered one big reason why MTV stopped playing music videos.

I know Courtney looks great in one of her earliest appearances and Bruce is the Boss and all that, but dancing is just not something he should be doing...

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Priest Nazi - "No Communion For You!"

So you say you voted for Obama? If you are a member of a certain Catholic Church in Columbia, South Carolina you can probably say goodbye to receiving communion.
A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him "constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil."

The Rev. Jay Scott Newman said in a letter distributed Sunday to parishioners at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville that they are putting their souls at risk if they take Holy Communion before doing penance for their vote.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Even Homophobes Feeling The Economic Heat

Economic times are rough for everyone it seems. Even the homophobic Focus on the Family, fresh off of donating a half million towards passing California's Proposition 8, is having to undergo a second round of layoffs from their work force of intolerance.
Focus on the Family plans an unspecified number of layoffs, and will be announcing specifics in the next few of days, Focus spokesman Gary Schneeberger said Thursday.

This comes on the heels of Focus' announcement in October that 46 employees would be reassigned or laid off next year due to a restructuring of its distribution arm. Focus has a staff of about 1,200 people.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Like A Death In The Family

Growing up in Cleveland in the 70's and early 80's there were pretty much three voices that all sports fans knew and loved. The first is Joe Tait, the current voice of the the Cleveland Cavs and previous broadcaster for the Indians in the 70's. The second was Nev Chandler, the late great voice of the Browns (and Indians in the early 80's) that many non-Clevelanders probably would recognize if they ever heard or saw many of the clips from the AFC Championship games against Denver in the mid-80's. Last and not least was the legendary voice of the Indians for over 30 years, Herb Score.

Many of my childhood memories revolve around spending my summers listening to Herb calling the games of absolutely horrible Indians team on WWWE and yelling at the dial because of Score's unique commentary that at times rivaled famed Chicago Cub broadcaster Harry Carry.
-- "It's a long drive. Is it fair? Is it foul? It is."

-- "Two runs, three hits, one error, and after three we're still scoreless."

-- "Hi, everybody," he said once. "This is Herb Score coming to you from Milwaukee County Stadium." A silence followed, in which it was obvious someone was correcting him.

"What," exclaimed Score, "Oh, Chicago's Comiskey Park. No wait a minute. I'll get this right. Kansas City's Royals Stadium."

So the news yesterday that Herb passed away hits me almost as hard as if he was a member of the family.
Longtime Indians pitcher and broadcaster Herb Score has passed away after a lengthy illness. The team says Score died Tuesday morning at his home in Rocky River.

The Cleveland Indians and Team President Paul Dolan issued the following statement, “Today is a sad day for the Cleveland Indians family and for Cleveland Indians fans everywhere. We have lost one of the greatest men in the history of our franchise. Generations of Indians fans owe their love of the Tribe to Herb Score, who was a powerful pitcher and legendary broadcaster. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and the Family.”

A few highlights of Herb’s life and career from WKYC in Cleveland:

Goodbye Herb, hopefully wherever you are now has the Indians winning a World Series.

Talk About Your Classic Oxymoron...

It seems the guy that made a mint by buying up the domain early on has set his sights on a new online project. Gary Kremen is investing some of the $12 mil in cash and stocks he got for selling the domain in 2006 on a porn filter.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Don't Go Away Mad, Just Go Away!

Apparently not content to learn from her experience as the GOP Vice Presidential candidate and move on, Sarah Palin continues to try and lay blame for the McCain/Palin loss everywhere except where it belongs. Her latest target is the pajama wearing blogosphere.
In Sarah Palin's interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren this evening, she referred to bloggers as "kids in pajamas sitting in the basement of their parents' homes" spewing out mean and inaccurate things about her.

Now you can feel free to call me politically naive, but if I were her and I wanted to have a future in national politics, I might want to spend the next couple of years working on a few things to prepare for the next campaign. You know like boning up on the continents, learning the job description for the job you are seeking, and maybe studying up on some of the more well known cases brought before the Supreme Court. Then those mean old bloggers wouldn't have had the unlimited supply of ammunition she supplied them that is the subject of her latest whine and cheese fest.

Some on the far right of her party think that Governor Palin is the savior of the GOP, and the next 4 years will go a long way in determining that but will constant whining and complaining really endear her to the rest of the party? Fingernails running across a chalk board might be cute for a few seconds, continuing to do it is just plain annoying.

Have You Kissed A Vet Today?

While you are ice skating around town today (at least those of us in Eastern SD), please take a minute or two to remember those that have served and sacrificed for your freedom on this Veterans Day.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Stopping HIV?

A possible cure or at a minimum a new treatment discovered completely by accident? One HIV positive patient seems to have beaten the disease.
A carefully selected bone marrow transplant for a leukemia patient appears to have stopped the patient's HIV infection as well--he shows no signs of the virus in his blood nearly two years after the procedure. While it's difficult to draw any conclusions from a single case, the outcome gives hope for new avenues for AIDS treatment.

Read more.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Our Cell Phone Service In For A Change?

Anyone that has spent any amount of time traveling through South Dakota knows that cell phone service is spotty at best. In my experience, the company with by far the best coverage in the state has to be Verizon, especially now that they have upgraded to their high speed EVDO network in several cities including Sioux Falls. With that said, news that the FCC has approved Verizon's request to buyout Alltel could spell big changes here in the great white north, also known as South Dakota.

Why you ask?

Part of the deal that Verizon struck in order to get approval from the DOJ and the FCC was that they had to divest assets in 100 areas in 22 states. One of those areas just so happens to be the whole state of South Dakota.
The Department of Justice said the divestitures were necessary to preserve wireless voice service competition in areas where Verizon and Alltel both already have significant footprints. In addition to divesting its assets throughout the whole of North Dakota and South Dakota, Verizon must also divest wireless businesses in areas of Midwestern states such as Ohio, Minnesota and Kansas; western states such as Arizona, Colorado and California; and Southern states such as Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina.

"The divestitures required are necessary to protect wireless consumers and are among the most extensive required by the department in a wireless case," said Thomas O. Barnett, the assistant attorney general in charge of the Department of Justice's antitrust division.

Considering the deal was just approved last week, the details of any divestment of Verizon assets here are far from worked out. But if the Verizon sell off happens to include several smaller carriers, we could be living the old Verizon slogan of "can you here me now" with no one answering.

Is the DOJ's attempt to promote choice in service actually going to end up doing the opposite here? Time will tell but it quite possibly could depending on how the changes play out. Then again maybe Sprint will buy some of the assets so that their so called South Dakota "coverage map" actually becomes accurate for a change...

Friday, November 7, 2008

Impeach Obama?

Barack Obama hasn't even taken office and already "the sky is falling" groups are calling for his impeachment.
On Facebook, an "Impeach Barack Obama" group has attracted more than 700 members and a lively debate about the Democrat's election victory on Tuesday over Republican John McCain.

Another Facebook group of the same name has 160 members and urges others to join because "we might as well get a head start on the impeachment of Obama."

"There are a lot of Americans out there that do not fully understand the concept of Socialism or Communism which is why they've elected Obama as president," it says.

Yet another Facebook group, "Impeach Barack Hussein Obama," has 160 members.

It decries that Obama "has voiced support for various unconstitutional programs such as the assault weapons ban, universal healthcare, and various schemes for wealth distribution."

"What are we going to do about it? IMPEACH HIM!" it says.

One thing is for sure, the next four years will certainly not be boring.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Eat Your Heart Out

Ok, maybe not but I am smack dab in the middle of one of the worst blizzards Western South Dakota has experienced in years.

At least most of whatever snow is falling isn't hitting the ground. Kind of hard for that to happen with 60-70 mph winds.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Quick Election Thoughts

I am going to be fighting the snow, rain, and possible blizzard conditions West River for a few days but I just wanted to throw out a few comments about last night's election.

First off to Barack Obama, congratulations, you have finished up the easy part when you beat John McCain in a landslide. The hard part now awaits you. You must dig us out of 8 years of lies and mismanagement and keep the scores of promises you made to get you elected. You will have no excuses, you have a majority in Congress and a mandate from a willing populace. Come January 20th we will be watching...

Finally to Leslie Unruh and the rest of the Vote Yes For Life Group. Exceptions, no exceptions, it doesn't matter so please move on to something else.

100,000 Junk Pile

The Silicon Valley startup, Tesla, might be having its issues getting into the automobile business having just had to secure a $40 million loan from investors to stay solvent but it seems that they have figured out one thing on their $100,000 electric roadster. They have figured out that crash test thing.

The above picture is the result of the car going a bit too fast on a wet road during a sales demonstration and crashing at 100mph. Amazingly neither the driver or the would be customer were seriously injured.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

South Dakota Results

As the Presidential election results start coming in here in South Dakota you can use the following widget to track the results.

National Election Results

As the polls start closing here shortly nationwide you can follow the Presidential Race with this self updating widget from MSNBC

Big Day Today

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 will go down as the day that everything changes.

In somewhat of a surprise, that day will go down as the date that the Cleveland Browns benched their high paid Pro Bowl quarterback and handed the reigns to former Notre Dame star and current TV spokesmodel, Brady Quinn. Actually the surprise isn't that it happened, it was just that it happened on a short week as the Browns have to play Denver on Thursday. Now if they can get Braylon Edwards to just hold on to the ball...

And I bet the headline had you thinking that I was going to go into some big commentary on how you need to get out and vote today didn't you? I am sure others will be doing that for me on their blogs, but in reality if you didn't know that by now you shouldn't be voting anyways.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Stay Away From The Corn Fields

If you are in Central South Dakota during the next few days you might want to stay clear of the standard high rent pheasant hunting areas. Soon to be retired Vice President Dick Cheney flew in this morning for his annual taxpayer underwritten pheasant hunt.
Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in South Dakota Monday for his annual trip to hunt pheasants. Air Force Two landed at the Pierre Regional Airport about 10:45 a.m.

Cheney has hunted pheasants in South Dakota each year that he's been vice president. He's done his hunting at a private lodge north of Pierre.

I wonder if he got his absentee ballot in the mail before leaving?

Research, A Novel Idea For Some Apparently

You know, feel free to vote for which ever candidate floats your boat, just take the time to do your research before pulling the lever. If you don't you end up like some of the folks in this video who should strongly consider taking this election off due to extreme stupidity.

I especially like the claim from the woman that thinks Barack Obama wants to change the flag and the National Anthem. And unfortunately this again comes from my home state of Ohio, a co-incidence?

Thank goodness Tuesday will put an end to this madness for a few months before the seemingly never ending election cycle starts up again for 2012.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Crazies Are Coming Out Of The Woodwork

A Michigan wingnut just re-enforces why I stopped blogging about politics. This woman refused to pass out candy to any child whose parents were Obama supporters.


(h/t - Roxanne)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Sarah Palin Prank Call

A phone prank worthy of Howard Stern's staff was played on Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin by Canadian DJ/comedians Marc-Antoine Audette and Sebastien Trudel. Listen:

Transformation Complete

On a somewhat sad note, the migration away from my political blogging days is just about complete (though of course I will still never completely be silent on that subject). This morning I officially shut down Politics and Hypocrisy so as soon as the DNS changes have had time to propagate, the site will be no more.

All is not lost though as even with the site being shut down, I have decided to archive the 2 years worth of my ramblings right here on this blog. To view these posts just click here for a complete archive, comments and all, from Politics and Hypocrisy and A South Dakota Moderate.

On a side note for bloggers using Wordpress for their blogs. I have decided to use the latest Beta of Wordpress for the archive, 2.7 beta 1, and so far I am quite impressed.

Politics And Hypocrisy Archive

I have decided to archive the posts from my old political blogs Politics and Hypocrisy and A South Dakota Moderate here. If you have come here via a Search Engine referral feel free to browse the archive or click on over to my personal blog which is the focus of my blogging efforts at this time.