Friday, September 11, 2009

NFL Disaster

When I woke up last night, the Steelers were playing the Titans. And I was glad to see that my boy Polamalu had six tackles and an interception. That will net me some nice fantasy points.

But then I got to work and they said Polamalu hurt his knee and left the game. He might be out 3-6 weeks, a sprained MCL.

3-6 weeks?

You saw my roster. I don't have a back-up defense guy.

With Polamalu out, I'm going to have to drop somebody (not Polamalu!) and pick up some other guy. So who do I drop?

Sheffler? Thomas Jones?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Matt Yglesias on Immigrants

...I’m still waiting for the moment when conservatives realize that “illegal immigrants might use it!” actually works as an argument against basically all public sector endeavors. Illegal immigrants benefit from the cops catching murderers! They ride the bus! They drive on highways! Better just eliminate all services to make sure no one from Mexico takes advantages of any of them.

Or we could just make this country such a shit hole that they don't want to come here anymore. I'm no conspiracy theorist, but it seems like that's part of the plan.

Republicans Can't Do Anything Right

Memo to Joe Wilson, the Republican from South Carolina that heckled the president last night:

This is the proper way to heckle the president.

Do it right, or don't do it at all. Fool.

Not all Westerns Are Created Equal

I don't know why I made the mistake of bringing Lawrence Kasdan's miserable failure of a film Wyatt Earp with me to watch tonight. I was thinking, hey, it's a western. I haven't seen it in a while. Surely, it can't be as bad as I remember.

But it is. It's horrible.

Yeah, I'm not going to watch it anymore. Spare me the epic drama. Just give me a good movie, man.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Silly Season Indeed

Shit like this makes me want to move to Canada:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- One of the most unexpected controversies of the Obama administration came to a head Tuesday as the president delivered a hotly debated back-to-school speech to students across the country.

Many conservatives expressed fear over the past week that the president's address would be used to push a partisan political agenda.
Bullshit. This should read:

Many right-wing nuts expressed fear over the past week that the president's address would be used to push the wrong partisan political agenda.

There's nothing "conservative" about getting your panties in a twist over the president telling schoolkids about the importance of education.

That's not "conservative." That's idiotic.

Speaking of...

"Thinking about my kids in school having to listen to that just really upsets me," suburban Colorado mother Shanneen Barron told CNN Denver affiliate KMGH last week, before the text of the speech was released.

"I'm an American. They are Americans, and I don't feel that's OK. I feel very scared to be in this country with our leadership right now."
I wonder why the President telling her kids to stay in school "really upsets" her.

Perhaps because she wants the young'uns to be just as dumb as mommy?

And then you've got a wannabe GOP presidential contender weak-manning it here.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a possible contender for the GOP's 2012 presidential nomination, said Sunday that Obama's speech could disrupt an already-hectic first day of school for many students.

"I think there's concerns about the disruption," he said on CNN's "State of the Union," calling the scheduling of the speech a "little ham-fisted" by the White House. Video
Concerns about the disruption? I'm gonna call bullshit on that one.

Tim, Tim, TIM. Don't you get it? It's not the disruption. It's the indoctrination! (I don't want to make a blanket statement and say all Republican politicians are fucking liars, but "concerns about the disruption" is nothing if not disingenuous, and egregiously so at that.)

And just so you don't think I'm defending my man, let me just tell you my opinion about President Obama's speech to schoolchildren: I see nothing untoward about the President of the United States giving a "stay in school" speech to schoolchildren, regardless of his political affiliation.

Period. End of story.

Fuck You, Allergies

I had big plans for yesterday -laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning up the house, big plans I tell ya- but they were thwarted by an unexpected, and altogether unwelcome, attack of the allergies.

I spent most of the day trying to see through watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, wiping my nose, and suffering the debilitating side effects of Benadryl.

It was not fun.

Night Shift

Back on the night shift again and while I'm a bit sleepy at the moment, I'm actually digging it. The 2-10 racket was really starting to get on my nerves, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.

And no, it's not because working on Friday and Saturday nights sucks, although it does, it's because talking to the incompetent, unhelpful, ignorant, and unprofessional scrubs working projection on those days is no picnic.

They can't help you and even if they could, they won't. You want to get good help these days, you have to hire Mexicans.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Fantasy Football - Live Draft, Live Blogging

1) Larry Fitzgerald - WR, Arizona Cardinals
2) Peyton Manning - QB, Indianapolis Colts
3) Brandon Jacobs - RB, NY Giants
4) Trent Edwards - QB, Buffalo Bills
5) Santana Moss - WR, Washington Redskins
6) Heath Miller - TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
7) Thomas Jones - RB, New York Jets
8) Chad Ochocinco - WR, Cincinnati Bengals
9) Antony Gonzalez - WR, Indianapolis Colts
10) Devin Hester - WR, Chicago Bears
11) Larry Johnson - RB, Kansas City Chiefs
12) Tony Sheffler - TE, Denver Broncos
13) Green Bay Packers Defense
14) Troy Polamalu (Defense) - Pittsburgh Steelers
15) Matt Prater - Kicker

And we're done.

I think I got a pretty decent team. It's deep, and unfortunately there's some familiar faces. I always get Peyton Manning and Chad Johnson/Ochocinco. I just can't quit Peyton and Ochocinco is always at the right place at the right time. But I resisted the urge to pick up Jericho Cotchery or Bernard Berrian, focusing instead on players I actually like (Polamalu, Brandon Jacobs).

We'll see how it goes.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Nine Mile

Parallel flyover ramps above the lower level of Nine Mile Station.