Wednesday, October 31, 2012

In Defense of Whiteness - The Minnesota Timberwolves

http://aol.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2012-10-31/minnesota-timberwolves-white-roster-civil-rights-protest-tyrone-terrell

What Is Wrong With the Lakers? Anything?

At first, one would wonder why the Lakers are 0-9 counting pre-season.  But then you say, "well, pre-season, come on."

They are only 0-1 and have 4 of the top 15 players in the NBA per ESPN's annual "NBA Rank" ratings.  So you have to figure that they will do well enough beating the shitty teams in the league that they will win 50 games.

Why not 60?  Well.

1) Nash and Kobe - the best player to play with Kobe is a defensive oriented point guard who takes open threes and doesn't do much else (Brian Shaw, Ron Harper, Derek Fisher).  Nash is an offensive-oriented point guard who is one of the worst defenders in the entire NBA.

So you have Nash running through the lane and passing to Kobe who..........holds the ball and tries to get fouled.  Great.  I could serve the Nash role much easier by simply bringing the ball up and handing it to Kobe then going to stand and watch him go 1 on 1.

2) Howard and Kobe - Dwight Howard is an unwilling passer.  He may also be a poor passer, but it is difficult to tell because he almost never passes the ball.  Howard has never averaged 2 assists per game over an entire season.  He has had 3 seasons where he has averaged 20-14 and not had 2 assists per game.  Only Moses Malone (5 times) has accomplished this feat as much or more.

Moses Malone, of course, averaged 25-31 points a game in those 5 seasons, while Howard goes around 21 a year. 

In other words, Dwight Howard is a ball hog, yet he is not really that great at it.  So you take Kobe's traditional 34 Usage rate (top 3 in the league) and add Howard at 25, and these two guys will account for 59% of offensive possessions.  Yet this is NOT like Miami having Wade and LeBron account for 63% of possessions or OKC having Durant and Westbrook account for 64% of possessions.  A lot of Howard's possessions are wasted. and Kobe is losing efficiency as he gets older.  His shameless gunning now does not always result in points. 


3) Gasol and everyone - I think Gasol would flourish with Nash as the other star.  Gasol knows where to stand and where he wants his shots and he has good hands. 

But for Gasol to be a great player he has to punish people inside.  That will not be happening with Howard posting up and getting 25% of the usage (usage being a shot or free throws or a turnover).  Howard outside of 8 feet is hopeless and he will not pass to Gasol.

As Gasol gets older his desire to stand inside and take a beating declines.  On both ends.  Do you really need a 7 foot guy shooting 21 footers?   With Nash you would prefer a 6'8" guy shooting three pointers (Channing Frye).

4) Mike Brown.  -- Oh Mike Brown....was it LeBron or did you have something to do with it?  Well, Brown has never really had a signature offensive set other than "23 Stand" where #23 would stand with the ball for 23 seconds and then try to get a shot.  Kobe is more than happy to run the same play, but then you have $60MM of players doing nothing but hoping to get a rebound or a loose ball.

(Gasol and Howard are both excellent offensive rebounders, but do you really want them turned into Reggis Evanses?)

Brown will need to decide who is the star and who is not.  I don't think he has it in him.  Phil may have been able to tell Kobe to let Nash run the game; Brown won't.    If you have Nash, you must let him run free and annoy the other club and surround him with three point shooters.  Kobe isn't gonna stand and wait for the ball.  He just isn't.

So what do you do, Mike (other than wait to get fired)?





Tuesday, October 30, 2012

James Harden - Most Similar: Manu Ginobili

Wow - http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/psl_finder.cgi?request=1&match=single&type=totals&per_minute_base=36&lg_id=NBA&is_playoffs=N&year_min=1975&year_max=&franch_id=&season_start=1&season_end=-1&age_min=0&age_max=99&height_min=74&height_max=80&birth_country_is=Y&birth_country=&is_active=&is_hof=&is_as=&as_comp=gt&as_val=0&pos_is_g=Y&pos_is_gf=Y&pos_is_f=Y&pos_is_fg=Y&pos_is_fc=Y&pos_is_c=Y&pos_is_cf=Y&qual=&c1stat=ws_per_48&c1comp=gt&c1val=.22&c2stat=g&c2comp=gt&c2val=50&c3stat=ws_per_48&c3comp=lt&c3val=.245&c4stat=pts_per_g&c4comp=lt&c4val=20&c5stat=&c5comp=gt&c6mult=1.0&c6stat=&order_by=ws


Magic Johnson?  Terry Porter?  A bunch of Ginobili entries?  James Harden just had a great, great season.

Ginobili is a top 20 player in the NBA.  Has been for many years. Harden is statistically and physically the black version of Ginobili.  Same size, left handed, same game.


Rumored events in Harden trade:

-- "Hi James, we can give you 4 years and $52MM.

-- No.  $60MM

[GM calls Houston and gets deal done with Houston]

-- "James, I am gonna trade you to Houston if you don't take the deal, but I will throw in $1MM for $53MM."

-- I need a week to consider it.

-- "You have one hour."

One hour and one minute passes

-- James, congrats, you are a Houston Rocket.


Can Harden carry a team?  His PER is 21.1.  That is great.  But to truly carry a team you need to be up there around 24+.  He will get more minutes.  Can he add more production?

In the past 11 years, there have only been four off guards to register a PER of 24 or better:

Vince Carter - once
Manu Ginobili - twice
Dwyane Wade - 5 times
Kobe Bryant - 6 times.

In Harden's favor:  his similarity to Ginobili
Against Harden: 
when you think about James Harden, do the names Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade really come to mind?  Is he an explosive guy who can defeat double teams and defenses designed to stop him? 

We shall see.



Tampa 2

Do you see why it is such a popular defense?
 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ann Coulter - An ACTUAL Michael Scott, but worse...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/26/ann-coulter-retard_n_2022621.html

On the episode of "The Office" titled "Gay Witch Hunt" the buffonish Michael Scott, Regional manager of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, calls accountant Oscar (who is gay) "faggy" for liking a certain movie.

Michael Scott's response when he is criticized for using the term faggy:

Michael Scott: I would have never called him that if I knew. You don't call retarded people retards. It's bad taste. You call your friends retards when they're acting retarded. And I consider Oscar a friend.
 
Coulter, remarkably, takes it up a notch WORSE than Michael Scott level and says that it OK to call her main ENEMY (Obama) a "retard" because, well, he is not a friend and that is what you call someone you hate.  (I guess her idea is it is similar to calling a white guy you hate a "nigger" because everyone knows that person is not actually a nigger, cuz they are white....)
 
 
She is a terrible person, plain and simple.  And when given the opportunity to explain herself, she not only does a WORSE job of stating her position, she accuses the people who are offended of bullying HER by pointing out how terrible she is.
 
Awful.

Happy Halloween


Make Your Own Electoral Map

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/obama_vs_romney_create_your_own_electoral_college_map.html

There are scenarios where Obama wins like 20 states, loses the popular vote, and wins the election.

For pure spectator sport, I would REALLY enjoy that.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Big Tipper

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/24/mizzou-athletics-official_n_2010597.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing9%7Cdl4%7Csec3_lnk3%26pLid%3D224967

When you get exceptional service, you are supposed to tip 25-30%.

He tipped 50%m what sort of SERVICE did he receive?

Go Mizzou!

Donald Trump "Bombshell"? A Dud.

{Trump's} statement, as it was transcribed:
"I have a deal for the president, a deal that I don't believe he can refuse, and I hope he doesn't. If Barack Obama opens up and gives his college records and applications, and if he gives his passport applications and records, I will give, to a charity of his choice—inner-city children in Chicago, American Cancer Society, AIDS research, anything he wants—a check, immediately, for $5 million."
 

Um, so your big BOMBSHELL that will change the election is to ask someone to do something?

Great investigatory skills, Trump.  You would make an awesome lawyer.

Trump to Defendant:  "Sir, I think you have done something wrong in your past, true?" 

Answer - "No." 

Trump - "Um, OK.  Well, I think he has documents that will help me.  Sir, will you give them to me?"

Answer - "No."

Trump - "What if I pay you."


My lord what a joke.

Spray Painted Duke Victory Bell


Water - Wet; Clouds - In Sky; Mitt Romney - Liar

http://www.tmz.com/2012/10/24/mitt-romney-tom-stemberg-staples-lied-perjury-divorce-case-maureen/

I just cannot even impress upon you how little I am surprised by this matter.  This is a guy who lies on television in front of 60 million people, or more, about his basic stances on the most key issues of the campaign.  This is a guy whose tax returns are apparently so littered with bad stuff that he cannot produce them.

So he lied to screw his friend's wife out of a few million bucks in a divorce?  BFD.  He will say, "When I testified I thought the shares were worth nothing.  Turns out 3 weeks later we got a big offer for them."

For those who support Romney, they have long ago forgiven his constant lying.  For Dems, who cares.  For undecided voters - they are unaware of what an election is, who is running and where to vote, so I don't think they will look into this a whole lot.

Halloween

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/22/funny-halloween-costumes-2012_n_2003076.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women#slide=1670707

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sad

There may be nothing more painful than watching my former high school classmates arguing politics on line. These are the people who always elected the biggest partier class president, unless he was opposed by "hot chick with no idea." Hey wait, I basically just described the whole GOP electorate since 2000.

Bruno Mars Saves Pandora Radio Skit

The set up is that Pandora radio has its vocal tracks impacted by a power outage and the intern has to sing over the music. First up - Green Day. Mars was simply awesome all night, and his episode was the highest rated of the season. Why? because it was not a bunch of crappy Kristen Wiig skits now pieced together by Kate MacKinnon (aka "kristen Wiig, Jr."). If you can find Mars's "Young Wild Girls" singing performance, that was also amazing.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Top 21 NBA Players for career "Win Shares."

RankPlayerWS
1.Kevin Garnett181.59
2.Tim Duncan175.92
3.Dirk Nowitzki168.88
4.Kobe Bryant162.43
5.Ray Allen135.67
6.LeBron James133.30
7.Jason Kidd133.13
8.Paul Pierce131.17
9.Steve Nash125.32
10.Chauncey Billups119.78
11.Shawn Marion113.60
12.Pau Gasol106.40
13.Vince Carter105.37
14.Elton Brand101.79
15.Grant Hill100.06
16.Tracy McGrady97.27
17.Ben Wallace93.51
18.Dwyane Wade90.28
19.Andre Miller90.08
20.Jason Terry89.86
21.Chris Paul89.10




I list 21, since Chris Paul is usually good for 10-15 a year, so he will be up there with the top 15 after the year, almost certainly.

Garnett, Duncan, Dirk, Kobe, all Hall of Fame careers.  You can see the clear drop-off from all-time greats to just HOF career (27 Win Share drop to Ray Allen).

James could possibly put up another 18-20 this year, meaning his career would still fall far short of the top 4.  he will need 3 LeBron years to get the 50 he will need to move way up to Duncan and KG.  Of the guys below LeBron, Kidd, Chauncey, Vince, Brand, Hill, McGrady, Ben Wallace, Andre Miller, Jason Terry are all about shot.   Unless LeBron blows out both ACLs tomorrow, they will never catch him.  Wade is a great player - 43 Win Shares behind LeBron (LeBron is younger).  Nash may play forever, but odds are he cannot play 5 years at the same rate LeBron plays at.  Gasol and Marion are still good, but they aren't catching up. 

I gotta figure the top 4 guys are capped at around 200.  I don't see any of them passing 200, which would mean LeBron would need about 68 more Win Shares to be the winningest of this generation.  He will almost certainly do so.  If he reaches 201 win shares he will trail only Stockton, Jordan, Malone, Wilt and Kareem.

Samantha Steele - Banging Christian Ponder

Now, you may ask why a hot chick like Samantha Steele is banging a very medicore QB like Ponder, well, based upon here tweets, she appears to be a southerner who doesn't know that "junior high" or "jr. high" is acceptable, while "JR High," well, just explains why you are so hot yet banging the mediocre Ponder.

Are you Pondering what Samantha Steele is Pondering?  "I think so, Brain, but after Ponder is done, can you still call it a 'tight end'?"





Samantha Steele

S/O to all the grown men critiquing my wardrobe/relationship choices. If it werent for y'all, I might've forgotten how awesome JR High was;)

Romney's 5 Point Plan - A Basketball Analogy

http://www.mittromney.com/jobsplan

So, the "Plan" exists.  You can also click on a version that is said to be more complete.  Don't bother; it isn't (about 45% is dedicated to how bad Barack Obama is).

Let's look at the Plan:

So, we need better schools and teachers - but Romney gives speeches endorsing Wisconsin's firing of teachers and reduction of their pay and benefits.  He is gonna slash non-defense spending down to 20% of GDP.  But.......increase education funding??  Make college more affordable?

We are going to crack down on China and try to trade more with Latin America - OK, I am not an economist, but I would think this is like saying that Eric Spoelstra should crack down hard on LeBron James and try to find more minutes for Eddy Curry and Dexter Pittman.  You are going to piss off your most important cog and hope that you can get, say, 2 points more a game out of Curry and Pittman?  Is this really a bona fide plan?

He is gonna cut taxes for everyone and for small businesses (these are 2 of the "points").  (If you look at the expanded version, this is supposed to increase growth by maybe .5% per year - wow.)

And yet, he is going to reduce the deficit.  How?  Well, give a bunch of stuff to the states (so, in other words, end Medicaid) and then, well, cut taxes, and, do stuff to reduce the deficit like reducing programs and, well, we will get to that...

Oh, and how could I forget -- energy independence, by, for example, we get more oil by building a pipeline across the U.S. so that Canada can ship its oil more easily overseas (i.e., not to the U.S.).


This is the DUMBEST "Plan" I have ever seen a Presidential candidate roll out.  Several of the pieces are self-contradictory.  (a couple examples - make college more affordable and cut taxes across the board are incompatible with a 20% tax cut and a big small business tax cut).

Other parts of the "Plan" are simply so transparent that no one would honestly believe them - crack down on China is part of a huge economic plan???  Don't the biggest U.S. industries do so much business with China that they would never put up with this idea?  Romney's "Plan" is to get some international organization to protect us from big bad China - isn't that sort of a wussy liberal Dem' thing to do?  Dick Cheney would just bomb China.

Inspired by Romney, here is my 5 Point Plan to improve the NBA:

1) Cut the number of teams.  There are too many teams.  That is killing the league.

2) Increase the number of players and raise their salaries. There are not enough players in the NBA and they make too little.  Fans deserve more and better paid players.

3) Cut ticket prices across the board by 20%.  Fans are paying too much for tickets.  Make the effing greedy owners cut prices by 20%.  We will make up the difference by requiring ticket holders to buy at least one large Diet Coke when they enter the gym.

4) Tell high school and college programs to "Stop screwing with the NBA, you bastards."  Why allow them, for example, to have TV games at ALL!  All they care about is themselves.  I will ask the Sports Reporters on ESPN to brand college and high school teams as "player manipulators."

5) Drill for oil next to every NBA arena.  My base of large oil company executives has assured me that this will help the NBA.


HM






Worst Statues

http://www.aol.com/video/jeanclaude-van-damme-gets-his-own-statue-in-brussels/517513534/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing9%7Cdaily-buzz4%7Csec5_lnk2%7C223580

This one certainly goes way up toward the top.

I would also nominate the statue of Kirby Puckett outside of Target Field - it originally looked like a bear, then they slimmed the face so that it looks 50% better, but still not much like Puckett.  (One issue they may have is their desire to capture Puckett in game 6 of the 1991 Series as he was screaming rounding the bases - the statue should have been of Puckett stading in the batter's box, smiling.  That is how everyone remembers him).

The other one - that statue of #23 outside United Center.  I had no idea that Terry Porter was a star for the Bulls at some time in his career.


HM

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Orlando Couple Has Sex On Bar-Restaurant Table

http://www.aol.com/video/orlando-couple-has-sex-on-restaurant-table/517510249/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing9%7Cdl39%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D222164

I REALLY REALLY suggest that you read this.  So much here.

Some side comments:

$101 - in today's prices, that is not unreasonable.  Vince Young wishes he ever had a $101 bar tab.

The chick is hot.

Bystanders - you know they were all guys.  Way to follow the bro code.

Bar management - probably has day 366 circled on the calendar.

Sylvia Kristel Dead - I assume Cinemax Will Devote an Entire Weekend to Her Films?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/18/sylvia-kristel-dead-dies-emmanuelle-star_n_1978609.html

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Gallup Poll Shows Southerners REALLY Despise Obama

By region:

East - Obama up 52-48

Midwest, Obama up 52-48

West, Obama up 53-47


South??  Romney up 61-39
The uppity black guy doesn't sell real well in the South, apparently.

Booking all Flights On Ryan-Air Now

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/17/ryanair-2013-calendar-photos_n_1973536.html?1350484922#slide=1144619

Friday, October 12, 2012

Mitt Romney Debates Himself...Again

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/12/1143838/-Mitt-Romney-debates-himself-round-2

Just lie, baby!

Kobe - "I Hate Smush Parker"

http://aol.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2012-10-11/kobe-bryant-smush-parker-the-worst-81-points-los-angeles-lakers-stats-roster-sch

o..................k....................

Look, Kobe, that SMUSH team made the playoffs.  How about the team the year before where you went sub-.500 and failed to make the playoffs?

Kobe without Shaq or Phil - barely above .500 overall.  1 playoff series win, 2 playoff series losses.

LeBron James played with Boobie Gibson, and Donyell Marshall and Sasha Pavlovic all seeing valuable time.  He played with OOOOOLD Shaq!

LeBron's career playoff series record while playing under Paul Silas and Mike Brown?  8-5.  In Miami playing under Spoelstra (not exactly Phil Jackson)?  7-1.

So should we feel sorry for Kobe that he had two rough years playing with sub-par guys and couldn't play with Shaq or Lamar Odom or Pau Gasol every year?  No we should not.

Now the Lakers have 3 first-ballot HOF players with Kobe (Nash, Gasol, Dwight Howard).  I certainly hope he doesn't feel the need in 2019 to recall how all of these guys sucked and he couldn't do anything more than he did to help the team win.

Since Kobe has been in the league (1995-96) there have only been 7 guys who have had even one season where they shot the ball 23 or more times a game (Kobe, AI, LeBron, Jordan, McGrady, Stackhouse, Webber).  There have been only 2 guys who have done that 3 times over that period (Kobe, AI), 

Kobe doesn't shoot the ball a lot because he had Smush Parker on the team - Kobe shoots the ball alot because he is Kobe.

Of the seasons where guys were jacking shamlessly, Kobe's 2011-12 season ranks FOURTH TO WORST for Win Shares created per 48 minutes, behind only AI's three such seasons.  That is right, Jerry Stackhouse's 2000-01 season was BETTER than Kobe was last year.

Thirsty Paul Ryan

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/12/1143623/-Thirsting-for-an-answer

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Casino Won't Pay Phil Ivey His Money

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/09/phil-ivey-poker-champion-_n_1951012.html?1349800300

I guess their position is that since NO ONE wins in this sort of card game that Ivey must have been cheating with help of casino employees.

Oddly, they DID give him his $1.6MM bankroll back.  So I guess they just THINK he was cheating, but don't really have much to go on.

Romney Strategy - Just Lie

And, as the debate shows, it is effective!  You tell 60MM viewers that you will protect them from pre-existing condition discrimination, then later say when no one is listening, "Well, not really."  Then you move on to taxes ("I have no plan to cut taxes..."  But of course I do).

His 47% timeline:

1) Fucking 47% - I hate those fucking moochers.
2) You bet your ass I said it, and I believe it 100%
3) OK, I don't really believe that
4) That was wrong to say.

But then to actually say you have no plans to restrict abortions - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/09/mitt-romney-abortion_n_1952780.html

Wow.

I am, frankly, amazed by the chutzpah of Romney.  He will LITERALLY say anything to be elected President.  If he thought he could get 10 more votes by saying he was not a Mormon, he would say it.

No wonder John McCain hated the guy so badly that he picked Palin - it must be unbelievably awful to run against a guy who simply lies all of the time on his basic policy positions.  He makes Bill Clinton's obfuscation on close issues seem really minor by comparison.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Goodbye Alex Karras

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/08/alex-karras-health-kidney-failure-lions_n_1949976.html

Hulk Hogan - Yes, It Was Heather Klem

a picture is worth a thousand words:

Gawker Posts Portions of the Hulk Hogan Sex tape

http://gawker.com/5948770/even-for-a-minute-watching-hulk-hogan-have-sex-in-a-canopy-bed-is-not-safe-for-work-but-watch-it-anyway

The current belief of most people is that radio DJ "Bubba the Love Sponge"'s wife wanted to bang Hulk Hogan, so he brought his friend Hulk to the house and let it occur.

Wow.

Hot Bengals Cheerleader Gets a Good Plea Deal

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/08/sarah-jones-ex-cincinnati_n_1949106.html

She did have to say she did it.  But she does not have to register as a sex offender.

I thought it was a bit too far when the judge said, "No, describe EXACTLY what you did with the boy, more specifics!!"

Monday, October 08, 2012

Mitt Romney Debates Himself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cPgfzknYd20

"My plan covers pre-existing conditions."

Mitt's Plan:  If you have a pre-existing condition, you cannot get insurance.

See - it is covered, right there in his plan.

Perlman and DeVito Split

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/08/danny-devito-rhea-perlman-split-separate-break-up_n_1948362.html?1349712448&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing9%7Cdl2%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D217050

This saddens me more than any other celebrity split I have seen.  I mean, you are mid-60s, three kids, have been together in some manner since 1970.  Do you wake up one day and say, "Jesus, I hate that little shit!"? 

Sort of like the Sarandon-Robbins break up where I was always like, "well, at least they are staying together by not being married......." Uh, no.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Brittany Kerr - Babe

http://www.tmz.com/2012/10/02/brittany-kerr-apology-jason-aldean-hookup/?adid=hero2&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing9%7Cdl5%7Csec3_lnk2%26pLid%3D214306

Look, she has nothing to apologize for.  You are out drinking and some famous guy comes up, tells you his marriage is shit and starts macking on you.  You apologize for....what?

Click on the Brittany Kerr pics and then find a pic of Aldean's wife.  Nuf said.

L.A. Trip

Well, I am off soon to my annual attorney meeting.  I will be in L.A. Wednesday through Sunday, so follow my exploits on Twitter (should be at top of blog page).

I may have to attend this autograph event in Burbank on Saturday:  http://www.seeing-stars.com/calendar/index.shtml  I mean, how could I pass it up?

Also, there is a 6PM premiere of "Argo" in Beverly Hills on Thursday - a chance to see how time has robbed Adrienne Barbeau of her past glory.....perhaps not?

Monday, October 01, 2012

Baltimore Ravens Center - "Hey, Don't Tell My Kids Gay Marriage is OK!"

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/171850721.html?refer=y

It appears that what this gentleman is endorsing here is the proposition that marriage should only be allowed where the couple intends to, and can, procreate, where they will be good parents, and where they will never get divorced.

I must say that if this were the law in any jurisdiction in the U.S. that the people who fear gay marriage in that jurisdiction would have nothing to fear.  If marriage were based purely upon the ability to have children and the requirement that a child have a married mom and a married dad, then gay marriage proponents would have no ground to stand upon.  Unfortunately for the Harvard educated author (Harvard must be so proud), he himself goes through a litany of legal practices that really destroy his ideal of marriage (divorce, adultery), plus he does not even add or mention
- marriages by infertile couples
- marriages by people who do not want kids
- late life marriages
- marriages in the mountain west where 3-4-5 heterosexual people will, in fact, agree to stay married and want a lot of kids.


Therefore, the world in which this football player lives, where we issue a parenting license and an irrevocable marriage license and honor all relationships between heterosexuals willing to raise kids, does not even remotely exist.  The fact that he may wish to return to the days when the option of divorce was not recognized (at least for the woman) and homosexuality, adultery and having a child out of wedlock were all crimes, is, I guess, awesome for him.  His kids can hope to live in such a world some day (rather than some horrible world like New York or Massachusetts or Hawaii where gays get married...ewwwwwwwwwww).

I too used to be a strong believer in anti-gay treatment.  I enjoyed the Bowers v. Hardwick decision which stated that our forefathers did not starve and die at Valley Forge so a guy could do another guy from behind.   But as the last 26 years have gone by, I have slowly determined that I was on the wrong side of the equation.  When a 7-2 Supreme Court says that our forefathers did, in fact, intend that the government couldn't make it a crime to have consensual sex with any adult partner you choose, and so many states make it a crime to discriminate against gay people in employment and housing, and the Supreme Court specifically found that Colorado had no right to exclude gay people from future favorable legislation, exactly how do we come down to the decision that "Well, but we can keep gay people from getting married"?  It smacks of the same logic as the argument that "Well, flag burning is different...."  You can burn a picture of the President, or of the Constitution, or of the Declaration of Independence or of the Emancipation Proclamation, but you cannot burn a flag.  Bullshit.  You can burn a flag.  And the fact that some people really hate it doesn't make it any less of a right (in fact, it might make it even more of a right).

Anyway, I am all for good solid arguments and listening to the other side's view of the world.  But if this is really the best that a Harvard grad has to offer..........I guess I should stop there, the author gets upset when people call him names.


Final Poll Result - About 25% of 21-50 Year Old Women Deemed "Good Looking" By My Readers

We had 21 votes for 25% or less and 19 votes for 26% or greater, with more votes in the middle quartiles than the upper or lower ones.

So, I am going with 25% as a result.  3 out of every 4 you pass today - not good looking.  Count up the next 20 women you see and see if 4 or more qualify under your standard.

Mitt Romney's Greatest Hits

On going after Osama bin Laden: "It's not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person."

Trying to connect with African-American youth: "Who let the dogs out?"

 Housing plan: "Don't try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom, allow investors to buy up homes, put renters in them, fix the homes up, and let it turn around and come back up."

Romney's message to troops during his convention speech: "_______"

What he told his lawn care company on hiring undocumented workers: "I'm running for office, for Pete's sake, I can't have illegals."


Explaining why he declined cookies made especially for him by a local bakery: "I'm not sure about these cookies. They don't look like you made them. Did you make those cookies? You didn't, did you? No. No. They came from the local 7-Eleven bakery or wherever."


On whether he stands by what he said: "I'm not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was."


Why he loves Michigan: "The trees are the right height."


What he wanted to do to its biggest city: "Let Detroit go bankrupt."

Corporations: "Corporations are people, my friend."


Mocking NASCAR fans for wearing ponchos in the rain: "I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks."

Business practices: "I like to fire people."

Friendly bets:  "Rick, I'll-- I'll tell you what. (CHUCKLE) 10,000 bucks. $10,000 bet?"


Poor people wanting food: "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what [...] who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it."


On helping everyone:: "My job is not to worry about those people—I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."


Airplanes having windows:  "When you have a fire in an aircraft, there's no place to go, exactly, there's no — and you can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don't open. I don't know why they don't do that. It's a real problem. So it's very dangerous."


On cops, firefighters and teachers: "He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people."

Funny family story about his dad: "One of most humorous I think relates to my father ... he decided to close the factory in Michigan and move all the production to Wisconsin. Now later he decided to run for governor of Michigan and so you can imagine that having closed the factory and moved all the production to Wisconsin was a very sensitive issue to him, for his campaign."