Enjoy this awesome scene from one of my favorite movies.
“A Phillies fan, a Mets fan, & a Yankees fan are climbing a mountain & arguing about who loves their team more. The Yankees fan insists he is the most loyal. ”This is for the Yankees,” he yells, & jumps off the mountain. Not to be outdone, the Phillies fan is next to profess his love for his team. He yells “This is for the Phillies!!” & pushes the Mets fan off the mountain.”
Epic (and curse-laden) scene from the movie of the year from the other year.
John Stossel, a Fox Business contributor, created a show exposing the many angels of freeloading:
Freeloaders questions how some people and businesses in America get something for nothing. John Stossel takes a critical look at both corporate and personal dependency, and examines the consequences for the economy. When benefits are concentrated and costs disbursed, special interests lobby for transfers. Excellent background for wide range of economic topics.
The various parts to the series can be found on the right hand column in YouTube. Its worth a watch – very eye opening, but unfortunately some of it may not shock you.
A quick note – I am down to 20 some papers left to grade. Yay!
I usually end up watching some of Jim Rome is Burning before PTI and Around the Horn. I really don’t care much for Jim Rome and his screed-like sarcasm and jerk-like tendencies.
When I saw him giving one of his final burns today (sorry for the bad quality, it’s the best I could get for today’s show) to the Dallas Mavericks for being a soft team, I yawned a bit. Jim, however, shocked me with the news on the few Dallas players.
Have you heard about Caron Butler? Butler shifted his knee back in place after injuring it in a game so that he wouldn’t have to be carted off the court in-front of his Mom and Grandma. His teammate, Shawn Marion, also has a really disgusting finger injury and it isn’t keeping him from playing.
These guys are bamf’s and get my hat tip for the week.
I want to start write a piece about living in the present moment and the impacts of wishing today away for a desired tomorrow but I am still grading papers. I had my students write a 1-page paper giving three reasons why a terrorist should and shouldn’t get the right to a lawyer (as based on the 2004 Supreme Court case of Rasul v. Bush). I have at least 30 papers left. I hope to be done soon! I have PSSA’s to thank for this extra grading time.
I know that this is a bit outside of what usually comes up here, but an MIT Professor is making some pretty impressive claims about what his artificial leaf can do.
The device is an advanced solar cell, no bigger than a typical playing card, which is left floating in a pool of water. Then, much like a natural leaf, it uses sunlight to split the water into its two core components, oxygen and hydrogen, which are stored in a fuel cell to be used when producing electricity.
Nocera’s leaf is stable — operating continuously for at least 45 hours without a drop in activity in preliminary tests — and made of widely available, inexpensive materials — like silicon, electronics and chemical catalysts. It’s also powerful, as much as ten times more efficient at carrying out photosynthesis than a natural leaf.
He has also evidently signed a deal with a large technology conglomerate, so somebody thinks his idea may be viable.
One of the so-called “third rails” of American Politics is race, and one of the most contentious race-related topics is affirmative action. That is why I was so happy when Herman Cain, at the Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines Iowa, had the guts to say that he would make his hiring decisions based on religious quotas. Specifically, Mr. Cain took the position that there would be no Muslims allowed in his cabinet when he said
KEYES: You came under a bit of controversy this week for some of the comments made about Muslims in general. Would you be comfortable appointing a Muslim, either in your cabinet or as a federal judge?
CAIN: No, I would not. And here’s why. There is this creeping attempt, there is this attempt to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government. It does not belong in our government. This is what happened in Europe. And little by little, to try and be politically correct, they made this little change, they made this little change. And now they’ve got a social problem that they don’t know what to do with hardly.
Unfortunately, Mr. Cain appears to be confused about the purpose of affirmative action, which is to include rather than to exclude. Then again, since so many on the right have conflated affirmative action with racism, perhaps Mr. Cain simply forgot that there was a difference. At any rate, I do hope that he and his Tea Party friends remember to read the Constitution they so revere. Specifically, Article VI, Paragraph 3.
PM Carpenter explains how we wish things were with foreign interventions:
I suppose at the root of such resistance is an aversion to human ambiguity. We don’t want answers so much as we demand predeterminations; we’d like to think that global politics and its occasional corollary of regional conflict resemble a kind of preestablished moral physics. Event A occurs, which sparks B, which then results in C — each and every time.
This we demand — or I should say, some demand it — of commanders in chief. Unfortunately they sometimes deliver it, even though each Event A is distinguishable from other Events A, which either should or should not spark B.
Not to go all Rumsfeldian on you, but how is one to know, until A happens and all its knowable elements are known?
He goes on to connect it to the Bible:
Yet what strikes me as most incongruent is that so many of our yearning, anguished absolutists of doctrinaire diplomacy are undoubtedly also Sunday religionists who somehow find peace and mental comfort in worldly contradictions of literally biblical proportions. Their Judeo-Christian God wasn’t — and still isn’t, I assume, since He has sent unto us no exacting editors — fussy about consistency; He could say one thing one millennium and the confounding opposite the next, yet somehow it all blends together in acceptable text.
In other words, they cut God some slack, but for this U.S. president, they don’t.
I disagree with his 2nd point but his first point provides clarity to many of our inner desires.
Watch, enjoy, discuss, and get informed.
The words make no sense but it sounds better than the original.
Another banger: Missy Elliot – Hot Boyz
For the music heads out there, this is something neat created by Timbaland.
What other song could be hotter?
What is the value/purpose of prayer? What are the differences between prayer and intercessory prayer? Is all prayer meant to be intercessory? How much of prayer is meant to change us, not necessarily our/the circumstances?
Email your thoughts, faith goer or not, to vgiordano at gmail dot com.
Meet Hideaki Akaiwa, who reportedly rescue his family who were submerged underwater:
Hideaki’s wife of twenty years was still buried inside the lake somewhere. She hadn’t gotten out. She wasn’t answering her phone. The water was still rising, the sun was setting, cars and shit were swooshing past on a river of sea water, and and rescue workers told him there was nothing that could be done – the only thing left was to sit back, wait for the military to arrive, and hope that they can get in there and rescue the survivors before it’s too late. With 10,000 citizens of Ishinomaki still missing and unaccounted for, the odds weren’t great that Hideaki would ever see his wife again.
For most of us regular folks, this is the sort of shit that would make us throw up our hands, swear loudly, and resign ourselves to a lifetime of hopeless misery.
But Hideaki Akaiwa isn’t a regular guy. He’s a fucking insane badass, and he wasn’t going to sit back and just let his wife die alone, freezing to death in a miserable water-filled tomb. He was going after her. No matter what.
This story is N-U-T-S-! It is so worth a full read.
A bigger issue, he says, is that professional sports value materialism, commercialism and a Darwinian, hail-to-the winner ethos that jars with Christian values like self-denial and humility.
Krattenmaker agrees, adding violence, sexual aggression and idolatry are often associated with major league sports.Fans become wrapped up their favorite teams or favorite players.
“We go too far,” he says, “when we make sports the center of our lives.”
Hoffman says it would be naïve to think that the fans that show up for the Final Fourin a couple weeks are going solely because they appreciate the skill and athleticism of the teams involved. For some, he says, it’s “sheer tribalism.”
I believe it is easy to say (although not true) that everyone who roots for their bracket to win is a tribalist maniac. The same can be said for those who drink alcohol – they all must be drunks!
This is an interesting topic and has a place in being discussed each year. The origin of this article was based on a group at Duke University who, in fact, didn’t see anything wrong with March Madness, basketball, or brackets but possibly uses this moment to bring people to God.
“What we believe is that passion is good,” Jean-Baptiste continued. “…We just believe that those passions are also ways to enter into relationship with God. And if you don’t know how, to begin the relationship starting with the worship of God is not a bad idea.”
Her group, which is not affiliated with any official campus organization, says there’s nothing wrong with enthusiasm for hoops – just that such passions make this a good time to explore a deeper relationship with God.
With every alcohol commercial comes over the top humor, stereotypical depictions, and loose women.