April 29, 2006

Enjoying the last couple of days of reasonable weather, as, starting Monday the temps are gonna be in the low 100s and it looks like they may stay awhile.

Looks like momentum is building for a massive outpouring of protests for Uno de Mayo this coming Monday. For the life of me I just don’t understand what the pro-iillegal immigration advocates hope to achieve. I can tell you that in the circles I travel in, people are pretty pi$$ed off about the whole thing, and I share this view that the protests risk losing whatever sympathy and support they might have gained from the March rallies.

(BTW, part 1: I think the hubbub over the Spanish version of the national anthem is absurd. At least it’s sung well, which is more than you can say about the countless times it is butchered prior to a baseball game. IMHO, Ray Charles’ version of “America” sung during one of the Boston post-season series – the 1986 World Series, perhaps? – ranks as the best performance of one of our national songs I have ever heard.)

For the record, Michelle shows the original Francis Scott Key manuscript and related cool stuff!

And, of course, Hugh puts it all in perspective: Talk about fiddlin’ while Rome is about to burn…

There have beeen more attempts at foreigners – in this case, from Saudi Arabia – successfully hacking into conservation weblogs. Michelle has all the intriguing details.

Maybe it’s just me, but the spike in gas prices doesn’t bother or surprise me. But, of course, it does the Democrats, who are clueless on national energy policies. My bet is that many of the same people howling about high gas prices are either: a) driving large SUVs, b) stacked in line waiting at fast-food drive thrus for the third or forth time that week, c) opposed to drilling in ANWR or off our coasts, d) opposed to nuclear power plants, e) the first ones who would scream about an oil refinery planned for their community, or f) all of the above. The fact is, we live in a far different world now than we did thirty years ago, and it is the emerging, energy-thirsty Asia economies and greedy world-wide market speculators that are primarily responsible. Complaining about oil company profits is useless – they’re the ones taking all the risks, they should reap the rewards.

Congrats to Rob and the New Orleans Saints fans – they got Reggie Bush, and that should generate some much-needed enthusiasm and excitement in The Big Easy. Perhaps this is an omen of good things to come – like, maybe, a less-than-boisterous hurricane season?

No sign of progress on the Mourning Dove Maternity Watch – I’m starting to think the original egg was not going to produce a baby, and there’s another egg in the oven. Either way, mom and dad don’t appear to be concerned, so why should I?

Filed in: Golf & Sports,Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 11:23 | Comments (4)
  1. The best version of the National Anthem I ***… ever …*** heard was the Dixie Chicks rendition of it before the Super Bowl a few years ago.

    Comment by Rob — April 29, 2006 @ 8:13 pm

  2. Oh, and yes to Reggie Bush. I was all set for them to do a minor deal, swap picks with the Jets or Titans, and then take D’Brickashaw. Not only will the Saints get Reggie, they’ll get Reggie with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder after being bypassed.

    Comment by Rob — April 29, 2006 @ 8:23 pm

  3. New Orleans had itself quite a weekend with a fine finish to the PGA tournament and getting Reggie Bush. I can’t believe the Texans chose to ignore the best player in the draft – I think this will definitely come back to haunt them. Congrats to the Saints!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — April 30, 2006 @ 9:48 pm

  4. 1. Best National Anthem was Marvin Gaye at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game. Francis Scott Key meets Sexual Healing.

    2. Reggie priced himself out of Houston but should have a great career if The Saints line can make a few holes.

    3. Anyone for some cross-handed chipping practice? How to follow-up an absolutely ugly bunker shot.

    Comment by Goose — May 2, 2006 @ 7:18 am

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