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.

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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…

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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