Archive for April, 2010

Let’s Play Two…

April 27, 2010

….Game 7’s, that is, in the NHL Playoffs.  Nothing better than a Game 7 playoff and none are more exciting than in the NHL.

Tonight, we have 4 vs. 5 with Phoenix and Detroit looking to join San Jose, Chicago and Vancouver in the West semis.   Tomorrow, we have what is sure to be a compelling 1 vs. 8 matchup of the Caps, with the league’s best record, trying to advance over a very determined Habs team that rode 53 saves from Kalak last night to force the deciding game in DC.  Pittsburgh got a fight from Ottawa but advanced, and the Flyers and Bruins pulled off minor upsets in Round 1.

I love me some playoff hockey, especially Game 7.

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“Play Free Bird…”

April 27, 2010

Nostalgia alert for aging, overweight white baby boomers….like me.     

Ever notice how many artists/bands who had their most popular moments more than 30, some more than 40, years ago, still dominate the summer amphitheater circuit?

Just saw the lineup for PNC in NJ and it includes Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special, Chicago, Doobies, Meat Loaf, Santana, Stevie Winwood, CSN, Tull, Procol Harum, Yes, Frampton, Rush, Aerosmith and KISS. 

What? Foreigner is busy?

South Park And The Crazy Muslims

April 26, 2010

Yes, of course Comedy Central is spineless and gutless for giving in to absurd threats from some NYC Muslim group that doesn’t appreciate the humor of South Park.  No real surprise there.  What is surprising to me is conventional wisdom that Muslims have a monopoly on intimidation-based censorship based on religious and political beliefs.

Anyone recall Sinead O’Connor and how well her career went after tearing up a picture of the Pope in protest of the sexual abuse crisis — ten years ago!  Man, she sure got that wrong, eh?  Seen her lately?  Me neither.  For all I know, she might have Rapunzel hair by now.  It wasn’t Muslims protesting her.

Seen Natalie Merchant and the Dixie Chicks lately.  Remember her?   She dared to say something not quite complimentary enough about Dear Leader during a concert in London.   It wasn’t Muslims protesting them and burning their CDs.

Forget how Ashleigh Banfield, Phil Donahue and Bill Maher lost their jobs for not being appropriately supportive enough of Operation Iraqi Freedom? You remember — the one where we found those WMDs.  Oh yeah, right.  It wasn’t Muslims who got them fired.

The Playoffs Don’t Start…

April 24, 2010

…until the home team loses a game, as Pat Riley once rather sagely observed.  By that standard, in the East, the Heat are done (got that one wrong), and the Cavs, Magic and Hawks have all held serve.  In the West, the Lakers/Thunder have held serve so far, Suns-Blazers have each won a road game, and Denver and Dallas have some work to do.  It will all be much clearer after games today and tomorrow.

The Boy Scouts

April 24, 2010

and the Catholic Church…perfect together.

Week 4

April 23, 2010

I completed the Rutgers involvement in the program last night, so there will now further changes in my routine to which I must adapt: no more counseling, no more 4-times-daily electronic diary questionnaires, etc.  On the plus side, I will be receiving some nominal compensation for my participation in the study and I’m up to $225 in savings from not buying cigarettes.

He Will Be Missed

April 22, 2010

The greatest broadcast journalist of our generation, Bill Moyers, retires.

The Magic Bullet

April 21, 2010

Keep looking for it, can’t find it.  Some moment when the urges to smoke just disappear entirely.  It feels like this week has been tougher than last; I’ve actually used more lozenges daily than when I began this.  The excitement and challenge of the initial quit is dissipating and now it’s just day-to-day, moment-to-moment.

Did I mention how much this is gonna suck?

Some good news, though.  A friend sent me a link to a Quit Meter that shows I’ve saved about $200 after nearly three weeks.  So, there’s that.

Diane And The Supremes

April 20, 2010

One of the main reasons I voted for and worked to elect Obama was the opportunity for significant and lasting change and that opportunity is most evident in filling Supreme Court openings.  He hit a home run with the appointment of Sotomayor and another chance is coming with the retirement of Justice Stevens.

For nearly a century, this seat has been occupied by three of the most noteworthy and progressive  jurists in history — Brandeis, Douglas and Stevens.  It is imperative for the future of the Court that the new Justice follows in that tradition.

Judge Diane Wood of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals seems to fit the bill perfectly.  Now, I’m no expert on this, but see Glenn Greenwald make the case for Wood here and that’s more than enough for me.  He is an expert in my view: a leading constitutional law/civil rights attorney, best-selling author and blogger on Salon.com.

Obama can’t screw this one up and I don’t want any nonsense about bipartisanship and what GOP Senators have to say about this.  Elections have consequences and this needs to be one of them.  Case closed.

Yep, She Did…

April 19, 2010

  …say something stupid, that is.  No biggie, only her opposition to a bedrock of our democracy:  separation of church and state.