WNBA Fight – Rick Mahorn Turns Into a Pimp on ESPN2

Finally, after 11 years, the WNBA will finally grow some audience share. Keep up the fighting and/or Rick Mahorn tossing people around while sporting a purple suit and even I will tune in!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fight started off a made free throw. Moreover, I’ve never seen anyone start a fight with a belly button to the face technique.

The clip gets boring after you hear Laimbeer – since he was miked up – asking for a wheel chair to cart one of the injured players off the court.

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Gordon – even though I’m not quite sure why you were watching this live last night – thank you for the heads up. That aside, do we need to have a talk?

P.S. Isn’t it ironic – don’t you think – that Rick Mahorn and Bill Laimbeer were in the middle of a fight on the Pistons’ home court?

Can Someone – Anyone – Explain How the Surge has “Worked?”

As originally seen on BccList.com here and within the comments of the post here, I don’t understand how anyone – including our next president (a democrat from Illinois) – can state the surge has “worked.”

Bluntly, the United States of America is fcked for years to come. Inflation, the value of the dollar, and national debt have reached a tipping point. Granted the inflation/dollar devaluation troubles can be fixed relatively quickly with a few interest rate hikes.  But, the national debt isn’t going away for some time.

Clearly stating, we are broke as a joke domestically.  The Iraq “war,” subsequent surge, and tax rebate checks has China – our “credit card” company – holding us by the balls and I can assure you they’re ready to squeeze at any given time.

Bridges are falling because states are broke and can’t “waste” money on bridge inspectionsThe U.S. Highway Trust Fund is going brokePeople are losing their houses at an unheard paceConsumer debt has skyrocketedWorkers can’t afford to travel to work.

But, the surge “worked” because violence is down in Iraq after the last few months – which, by the way, is a horrible subset of data. Furthermore, the decrease in violence can’t be solely attributed to us dropping way more money than anticipated via the surge on this unauthorized “war” – see pre surge Anbar Awakening.  Doesn’t make sense to me.

Somebody Please Verify Henry Paulson’s Resume

Seriously, paulson earned an MBA from Harvard.  Can that be confirmed?

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hdC1Kj_uJopkS6pnZCLkGMxgmJBwD9221MQO0

“I think it’s going to be months that we’re working our way through this period — clearly months,” he said.

“We’re going through a challenging time with our economy. This is a tough time. The three big issues we’re facing right now are, first, the housing correction which is at the heart of the slowdown; secondly, turmoil of the capital markets; and thirdly, the high oil prices, which are going to prolong the slowdown,” he said.

“I’m focused on this stimulus package. It’s made a difference in the second quarter. It’s going to make a difference in the third quarter. We need to watch this very carefully,” he said.

“Right now we’re going through a tough period. There is no doubt about it. But the stimulus plan is making a difference,” he said.

Comments:

Hank – if you will – the last few months have been a nightmare for “MAIN STREET” AMERICANS compared to the next 6 months.  You’re seemingly always a few months behind the times like when you called the economy stable in late 2007/early 2008.

This is not a good thing when you consider he’s the United States Treasury Secretary.  I will add that he was nominated by bush and you know how well qualified bush cronies turn out to be.

Ah, the good ole stimulus package that you pushed.  It surely did help offset inflation but did nothing to truly stimulate the economy.  Great analysis.  I can’t wait for Obama to dig us out of compounding debt over the next 8 years.

P.S.  Gas prices dropped 15 cents in Michigan – at the same gas station – from a Saturday morning fill up to a Sunday afternoon fill up.  $3.50 a gallon gas once we get through the “busy summer driving season” as seen here unless we invade (or continue threatening to invade) Iran…

Update from September 23, 2008: paulson is officially a laughingstock as seen today (9/23) on BccList.com here

Homeless for a Week – Very Entertaining Read

http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=74029&catid=158

Comments:

“A lot of people thought I was a weirdo with the Pokemon backpack and pillow and blanket.”

Pokemon backpack? Dude is weird.

“He lost his reading glasses Monday when he left them unattended.”

Ahahaha. Translated as stolen.

“I got a little bit of flack because I hung out at the playground. It seemed like I was a weirdo pedophile, the way I looked.”

The pokemon backpack makes him catching flack understandable.

iPhone 3G Review Posted Via an iPhone 3G – Booyah

So, given time constraints and the fact that the positives of the iPhone 3G are too numerous to list, this abbreviated review will focus on the few “negatives” I’ve stumbled upon.

1) As everyone has complained since the original iPhone release last year, there’s no copy and paste feature on the new iPhone 3G. This is easily the most baffling “issue.” Copy and paste is a much needed feature that virtually every other touch screen cell phone offers.  Apple, wtf?

2) You can’t watch videos and surf the internet. Why? This doesn’t make sense. The fix is to download the audio version of the video podcast since you can listen to audio (music, podcasts, etc) and be on internet at the same time.  This isn’t a huge issue unless you have a.d.h.d. and want to switch been a video and the internet.

3) The touchscreen keyboard doesn’t go to landscape mode – more space between keys – when sending a text message or work email.  Any website via Safari – gmail, wordpress, hotmail, etc. – allows for a landscape keyboard so that’s good. Fortunately, you somehow get used to the small a$$ normal keyboard when sending a text message or work email.

That’s it. The battery life and being able to send/receive picture text messages are non issues though people on the internets love to complain about these – and other random/insignificant – “shortcomings.”

Note: I’m not a mac guy.  I’m sure I’m not using the phone as thoroughly as I could.  But, everything this phone offers such as 3G speed, the internet shown as it’s supposed to be shown, the ability to not have to carry around an iPod and a cell phone, turn by turn GPS, the Apple applications like Pandora, etc. makes the iPhone 3G the best invention ever.  Seriously, go out and buy the coolest technology since the advent of the modern day internet, huge boxed cell phone, iPod, and Garmin GPS – combined.

Pollute Your Mind – Check Out These Op-Ed Links!

You know how I love Op-Ed articles.  These 2 from today are no exception.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121633739458263831.html?mod=opinion_main_commentaries

Yada, yada, bla, bla. I can’t wait until the upcoming debates this fall!

The NY Post earns its first – and probably last – link on BccList.com

http://www.nypost.com/seven/07182008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/why_not_to_panic_on_inflation_120415.htm

Yeah, there’s no problem with $4.50 gallons of gas and $4.00 gallons of milk.  Inflation – check out the definition – is definitely not out of control….ha!  The good news is that unlike a few months ago, inflation is actually being discussed by the main stream media.  What a (sarcastic) relief.

mccain the Comedian – Part 3

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/07/15/sources-recall-mccains-jo_n_112955.html

“McCain supposedly asked the crowd if they had heard “the one about the woman who is attacked on the street by a gorilla, beaten senseless, raped repeatedly and left to die?”

The punch line: “When she finally regains consciousness and tries to speak, her doctor leans over to hear her sigh contently and to feebly ask, “Where is that marvelous ape?”

I assume it’s generational, but, I don’t get the joke.  Even though republican fundraiser clayton williams and mccain love the rape jokes, I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to pull off a funny one – as mentioned here.

The following joke was sort of funny yet weird since he was critiquing a teenager’s looks.  Although back in the day I thought Chelsea would have been a decent land.  I was 16.  People make mistakes.

http://www.salon.com/news/1998/06/25newsb.html

“Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?  Because her father is Janet Reno.”

I Hate When I’m Right – “Cocky Bastard”

An interest rate hike was (FINALLY) discussed by the fed on June 24/25th.  Remember when I mentioned Richard Fisher was the smartest guy in the room as seen originally on BccList.com here?

The minutes from that meeting were released publicly over the last few days…

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5htN2868alrCkUVVQxMPv-vSBev0Q

Thus, oil prices dropped as a result of an interest rate hike simply being discussed within the JUNE fed meeting…

http://money.cnn.com/2008/07/17/markets/oil/index.htm

It’s not rocket science.  Raise the rates, less US dollars go into the market, and the cost of goods go down.  As seen here.

That said, per the incorrect reasonings discussed in the above CNN.com article, the recent drop in oil prices has little to do with potential diplomacy with Iran and/or a natural gas sell off and everything to do with the fed actually doing its job.

Shout-Out: Hey fed, no need to actually raise the rates though that would be even better in regards to curbing our growing inflation.  Simply keep talking PUBLICLY about the possibility of the interest rate raising.  Boners.

P.S. As seen here, oil (and gas) prices will still rise because of the “busy driving season” we’re entering but should eventually subside in late August/September assuming something “crazy” doesn’t happen. $3.50 a gallon of gas coming soon to a city near you.

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Isn’t it “weird” the bush administration – actually, almost the entire gop including mccain – has decided to adopt some of Obama’s philosophies they previously called naive?

For example…

1) Agreeing that strategic strikes into Pakistan are needed if we had ACTUAL and RELIABLE intelligence (not like the Iraqi “intelligence”) in regards to bin laden’s whereabouts.

2) Actually talking to North Korea so that they chill the fck out on their nuclear program.

3) Focusing more on Afghanistan/Pakistan than Iraq since it turned out Iraq never posed a threat to our security.

4) Opening up a line of communication with Iran in hopes of solving an issue with – wait for it – diplomacy.

Obama has to feel like somebody is looking over his shoulder during a test and stealing all his answers. Dude, cover your exam leading up to the election or they’ll copy everything and claim your work/thoughts were their agenda the whole time.

Nonetheless, it’s fair to assume the administration/gop won’t be able to say we shouldn’t have invaded Iraq since we’re knee deep in that debacle.  Nor, will they be able to claim that the surge was a good idea since – while we may be “winning” the war now – our own economy is in “shambles” thanks to way too many billions of dollars being injected into the market…I mean, middle east.

Inflation Surprise! Or, Not…Part 2

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/business/17econ.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

As originally seen on BccList.com here

“Inflation rises in May (and eventually June and July)…The “good” thing is that the interest rate cuts should be over (if the fed has any sanity left) so the dollar should “rebound” and inflation will continue to rise but not as horribly as it has been. $3 a gallon gas by the end of the year!!!”

I’m not so confident in the fed right now although they probably (and thankfully) won’t cut rates again this year.  However, nothing will change unless they AT LEAST start HINTING of an interest rate increase as originally seen on BccList.com here.

If the fed doesn’t at least hint of an interest rate increase (no actual action required), we’ll be paying $3.50-$4.00 a gallon for gas throughout the rest of 2008.  Laughable but I know one group of individuals that won’t mind – “big oil” shareholders.

Apparently dubya Doesn’t Read BccList.com

The idiot of the United States still – publicly – thinks the increase in gas prices are a supply vs. demand issue.

http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSWAT00978920080715

Does he truly think there’s a supply vs. demand problem that is causing gas prices to go out of control?   No, he has to be pushing his offshore drilling agenda, right?  If not, wow!

https://bcclist.com/2008/07/06/opec-president-gets-it-we-dont-yet/

https://bcclist.com/2008/06/27/bernanke-bush-raise-the-interest-rate/

https://bcclist.com/2008/06/02/welcome-to-the-city/

https://bcclist.com/2008/05/27/agree-to-disagree/

mccain – Please Dear God Pick romney!

Seeing that mccain will likely be dead (clarification: from natural causes) within the next 4 years, I’m pretty confident Americans won’t be turning out to vote for a “mccain-romney” ticket knowing romney will be president within the relatively near future.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/07/15/mccain-praises-romneys-surrogate-skills/

No, it’s not a real SNL parody ad but should have been…