Saturday, June 18, 2005

Candy Makers Target Skinny People

Nothing says "healthy" like a ginseng jelly bean.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/diet.fitness/06/17/fitness.candy.ap/index.html

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Apparently energy-packed sports drinks aren't enough. Now there are vitamin-laced jelly beans and ginseng-stoked chews.
The nation's candy makers are targeting fitness enthusiasts seeking to boost athletic performance or quickly grab a jolt of energy.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Too good?

This is one of the dumbest things I've ever read...

A youth baseball team in Columbus, OH has been forced to drop out of its league because the 11 and 12 year olds keep beating the snot out of the other teams they play.

Here's the money quote...

"One team told us they didn’t want their boys’ self-esteem battered," said Trina Cochran, mother of Mario, a Stars player who is 11.

The article (subscription required) tries to justify the decision to expel the "too good" with the idea that there is a traveling league, with better competition, that would be a better fit for these boys.

That's stupid. A traveling league, vs. a recreational league, is a huge time committment for the parents. It means countless Saturdays on the road, away from home and other community activities. If the parents want their kids in a recreational league, that's their decision.

The more you read, the more you realize that these kids are not only good, but they are working harder at being good than any other group of little league kids this side of the Dominican Republic.

quoting from the article, "Since April, the boys have been honing their skills on a field outside the Zion Lutheran Church on Obetz Road. They practice 2½ hours a day, four days a week. Some have been playing together for four or five years, though not the entire team."

You know what, when you work hard, you get rewarded for it.

Another arrest in Aruba

two weeks later, Aruban police have arrested van der Sloot's buddy.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,159862,00.html

from the same link, the following...

Asked why it took investigators more than two weeks after Holloway's disappearance to search the van der Sloot home, Janssen said Thursday, "You have to build up an investigation. You can't just go in there like a cowboy, you have to give certain direction to investigators."

Dutch justice sucks again...

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Schiavo Autopsy

Is it just me, or does the release of Terri Schiavo's autopsy results make no sense?

There's this from the Washington Post today,

The long-awaited report Wednesday found that the 41-year-old woman's brain had shrunk to about half the normal size for a woman her age when she died March 31 after her feeding tube was disconnected. The autopsy also determined she was blind.

All this says is that her brain had shrunk to half of its normal size on the day she died. That, I buy. But it does not say that her brain had shrunk to half its size in the months before her death. And that's what the left is trying to say...

One, this type of damage would have been seen on an MRI. No mention of this was ever made. Certainly, if this had been know, we'd have heard about it. A rapidly shrinking brain would be a huge factor in any decision. No mention of this fact was ever made.

Two, it was acknowledge by both sides in this case, that if Terri were left on the feeding tube, she'd live for many, many more years. How does one live with a shrinking brain? It seems to me that Terri's condition has stayed roughly the same throughout this ordeal. If she were losing brain tissue on a daily basis, I'd think there would be signs.

Three, and most important, the brain is made up of...water. If someone were to stop drinking water, why wouldn't we expect an organ, made up of water, to reduce in size? Especially in a case like Terri's, where every step was taken (remember the morphine drip to aid her breathing) to keep her alive, even though her husband had her feeding tube removed.

Europe and the US

with US relations with Europe at an all time low, can this really help?

from Fox News: Jacko May Head to Europe Next Week

I hope he goes to France...never has a country been more deserving of this particular American Export.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

More from Aruba...

...Fox News is reporting that "authorities may have intentionally let Van Der Sloot and two other men go after initial police questioning so they could be placed under surveillance."

Dutch justice might not suck after all...

The real winner in the Jackson trial

At least someone is going to come out of this circus a little better off in life...

Carmen Jenkins, 46, said a surge in sales at her Coffee Diem store near the courthouse would help her buy a new BMW. The coffee shop, popular with journalists for its caffeine, food and wireless Internet connection, had only a few patrons the day after the verdict.

Tom Sneddon...helping California small businesses help themselves...

Dutch justice sucks

This is unexplainable. Almost a week has passed with this Dutch kid in custody for the murder of the Alabama blonde, Natalee Holloway, and Aruban police are just getting around to searching his house today!?! The total of my law enforcement experience comes from watching Quincy Law and Order, and CHiPs and it seems that maybe, just maybe, the police should have searched this guy's house right away. Let's not forget that the Aruban police let these kids go, even after they admitted that they were the last to see Natalee alive.

http://news.yahoo.com/fc/world/natalee_holloway

Schwarzenegger

here's a great quote from a protester at Santa Monica College, Schwarzenegger's alma mater.

The special election "is a waste of money that you could be using for education, hospital care. He's wasting it on his vanity election," said Sue Cannon, a nurse who was among the crowd outside the stadium.

I wonder what her reaction is to Schwarenegger's $3 Billion give-a-way to the Venture Capital community under the guise of stem cell research?

Schwarzenegger is really touching a nerve here. What this nurse is arguing about is the cost of the special election...a whopping $45 Million. This is 1.5% of the cost of the stem cell budget. Not a peep about the $3 Billion, but the world is coming to an end in La La land over $45 Million?

Really what this is about is a state cap on spending. With all the lefty talk about Bush busting the budget and the need to live within one's means, that seems to me exaclty what Arnold is trying to do. Since the legislature wouldn't act, Arnold's going right to the voters and have them decide.

This is going to be fun to watch over the coming months...

Friday, June 03, 2005

Feminization of the Democratic Party

Over at NRO's the Corner, they've been having a quite amusing discussion on which bad movies are good.

Which got me, as a Right Wing Dad, to thinking...

This is why the Democrats will never understand the growing Republican majority in this country.

Here we have the intellectual center of the Conservative movement, National Review, spending days on which bad movies are the best. It's something the left never debates as far as I know. It's not that they don't watch good, bad movies, it's that they don't understand that there's no conflict in having a pro life post at 9:35 and post celebrating John Cusack as hit man at 9:36. If anything, the left looks at this thread and says, "see, look how stupid they are! Don't they know Bush is trying to privatize Social Security?"

Then I got to thinking...the problem is that the Democratic party doesn't have enough MEN in the party. This movie thread is how men talk. This is how men act. We quote bad movies all the time, and use those quotes as emotional symbols to reinforce our arguments with our buddies.

How many times have men said, "We need a bigger boat.." and instantly, the group of men knows that we mean, "we're screwed". We debate not only which movies are bad, but which bad movies have the hottest naked women in them. Republican Dads have no problem watching a movie in the hopes of seeing a naked actress, and at the same time, ready to rip the head off of the first guy that looks cross at his daughter. This isn't a paradox...it's a genetic fact. Men are men, they're different than women.

Now, the Republican party has more Men in it. When did this happen? I think the Male to the Right movement probably started when Michael Dukakis botched the death penalty question on his daughter. If he had answered, "I as a father, would resign as Governor and make it my mission in life to inflict as much pain as possible on the individual who hurt my little girl", he would have certainly gained some votes. More important, he might have stemmed the slide of the feminization of the Democratic Party.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Howard Dean is an ass

hat tip to Ankle Biting Pundits. Here's Howard Dean on Republicans and the need for a national holiday to vote...

- "You think people can work all day and then pick up their kids at child care or wherever and get home and still manage to sandwich in an eight-hour vote? Well Republicans, I guess can do that. Because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives. "

Me: Well, my wife and I woke up real early on election day. We took our 2 year old to the polls with us on the Upper West Side in NYC. We stood in line for 45 minutes, even though we were there as soon as the polls opened. The boy, as a two year old is apt to be, didn't want to wait in line. We alternated chasing him around the polling station and buying cupcakes from the bake sale going on outside. We both made it to work on time. My kid made it to daycare.

Bottom line, Dean is an ass.

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