May 31, 2009

After my comments the other day, friend and commenter Jana seemed concerned about my conservative heart and health (although, I might point out, she didn’t say I was wrong!), but I have to post this because even the most ardent supporter of President Obama’s “Hope and Change” message ought to be concerned at the administration’s confusion over what to do about North Korea, and recent comments and actions involving his Department of Justice threatening to silence critics and make policy based solely on politics. In just the past few days, consider the following:

1. The DoJ’s dropping of charges against Black Panther members accused of intimidating poll workers and voters at a Philadephia voting station last election day:

The three black panthers, Minister King Samir Shabazz, Malik Zulu Shabazz and Jerry Jackson were charged in a civil complaint in the last days of the Bush administration with violating the voter rights act by using coercion, threats and intimidation. Shabazz allegedly held a nightstick or baton that prosecutors said he pointed at people and menacingly taped it. Prosecutors also say he “supports racially motivated violence against non-blacks and Jews.”

The complaint says they hurled racial slurs at both blacks and whites.

A poll watcher who provided an affidavit to prosecutors in the case noted Democrat Bartle Bull, who worked as a civil rights lawyer in the south in the 1960′s and is a former campaign manager for Robert Kennedy, said it was the most blatant form of voter intimidation he had ever seen.

In this case, the DoJ actually won the case initially, but then appears to have been pressured by the administration (hmmm…I wonder who) to drop the charges against those indicted.

2. North Korea has been, to put it mildly, exhibiting rather belligerant behavior recently since successfully testing a nuclear device – firing missiles, terminating the Korean War armistice agreement, and generally threatening war on anyone who they believe ‘disses them. In the face of such aggressive actions, what has the administration done? Let’s make this a multiple-choice question:

a) condemn NK and call them a threat
b) downplay NK’s recent actions and say there’s no real crisis
c) ask the UN to look into it
d) admit NK’s actions are, in fact, a threat after all
e) all of the above

If you answered e) you are, of course, correct. Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey is keeping score. The Obama administration has been all over the map on the NK thing and has yet to put forth a cohesive message, but I’m sure they’ll get it right one of these days. We can only hope – you can bet Russia, Iran, Al-Qaeda, and other aggressors around the world are enjoying President Spineless and his incessant America-bashing, “let’s talk this out” drone while America’s perceived interest and willingness to combat aggression around the world declines on a daily basis. I guess Joe Biden was right after all.

3. Thanks also to Captain Ed for calling attention to something that you would think the mainstream media would consider somewhat notable: the Obama administration’s plans to silence critics of how his so-called “stimulus” money is being spent. The captain has it exactly right:

Remember when the Left took to the streets to declare dissent “patriotic” during wartime? I didn’t have a problem with dissent then, but apparently the Left has a curious definition of “patriotism”. Now, suddenly, the federal government can silence their critics at will, not to protect critical national-security programs or keep from undermining a war effort, but to protect a Democratic president intent on seizing control of private industry across a wide swath of the nation. Suddenly, that kind of dissent threatens America.

You can bet that if this were a message coming from a McCain administration the Democrats, the ACLU, and their kiss-a$$es in the mainstream media would be squealing like pigs But because this is, after all, the Anointed One, not a peep…

4. Finally, one shouldn’t be surprised that this new administration – one that sees everything in terms of politics and gaining and consolidating power, would go after Maricopa County (AZ) sheriff Joe Arpaio (our sheriff, BTW) for his tactics to combat crime and illegal immigration. Once again, the administration’s DoJ has been assigned the role of pit bull:

The lawyers representing a controversial Arizona sheriff who is under investigation for his treatment of Latino residents accused officials in the Justice and Homeland Security departments yesterday of political motivations in pursuing probes against their client.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio and his office, which have drawn widespread attention for an unorthodox approach to crime and punishment, are the focus of three federal investigations into whether they violated federal rules or civil rights laws in pursuing illegal immigrants.

The fact that DHS is also involved should be of no surprise here, since its head honcho, Janet Napolitano, was previously the governor of AZ and by no means a supporter of Sheriff Joe. (He has, however, a great deal of popularity around here, I’ll tell you.) Given Napolitano’s recent missteps and misstatements, one would think DHS would have more important things to worry about.

See a troubling pattern emerging here? Morrissey is right on target when he observes, re: the Arpaio investigation):

Oh, sure, we understand. They will make those decisions based on the law, just as they did when they unilaterally reversed themselves in the [Black Panther] case after they’d won it. Because that was based on the law …. which found in the government’s favor … and which they then ignored.

Keep this in mind when the DoJ helps Norman Eisen determine who falls under the qualification of “anyone exerting influence on the [stimulus] process” in order to shut up its critics.

Robert Samuelson is right: the Obama infatuation by the media is the great unreported story of our time, and, going forward, an incredibly dangerous one for America. If this President truly believes he and his administration are above any form of criticism and immune from any scrutiny by the media or Congress (and it’s clear just months into his administration that this is exactly what they think, and why shouldn’t they?) one can only imagine how far they’ll want to take this.

Taken together, this administration’s actions recall those of a former president, though not necessarily the one the Anointed One loves to compare himself to. Rather than FDR, however, these actions appear to be downright Nixonian – a term I believe you’re going to be hearing a lot more of as this president becomes increasingly power-drunk and more full of himself.

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May 30, 2009

We’ll keep it short and sweet today.

This is just another one reason why I’m counting down the days until I leave the Episcopal Church to become Roman Catholic. If there were ever two entities that deserved each other, it’s this clown and the Episcopal Church.

I’m sure his new denomination will welcome him with open arms – after all, they gave up being picky about who they ordain as leaders a long time ago. Knowing the Episcopal Church, they’ll probably put this guy on the fast-track to becoming a diocesan bishop.

Of course, Cutie’s move would logically seem to beg the question, if you took your celibacy vows so lightly as a Roman Catholic priest, what other vows might you also take lightly as an Episcopal priest? But of course, no Episcopal bishop would ever dare ask such a thing – after all, in today’s Episcopal Church, to do so would run counter to its own post-modern (actually, post-Christian) version of The Great Commission: Do your own thing and feel good about it!

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May 28, 2009

…Rather than tossing another $4 billion down that sinkhole called “Government Motors” and assuming majority control over a company that was dead long ago but just didn’t know it (or did but knew they could count on the government to fall for their “too big to fail” argument), why not just do this: use half to fund one last time the pensions of all current and retired GM workers, and half as a one-time gift to the existing company to bankroll a new company if they promise never to come back to the government asking for more? It would be good for everyone, and close the door on U.S. automaker bailouts.

…When President Obama says, “it’s now or never on health care reform”, I’ll take door #2, Monty.

…This week, Hollywood, next week the Middle East. Didn’t I tell you President Obama looks at the Oval Office the same way a kid looks at a candy store? Glad us taxpayers have plenty of $$$ to satisfy this pathetic excuse for a President’s insatiable thirst for both attention and power.

…It’s time for the Red Sox to look for a permanent replacement for David “Big Papi” Ortiz. I don’t know what’s going on there, but it’s clear to me the big fella is not going to hit this year.

…Have you heard the outcry over the mounting U.S. military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan? Me neither. Can you imagine the howls from Democrats and liberals were this happening under a John McCain presidency? Let me tell you, the utter and shameless hypocrisy of the American Left and their kiss-asses in the mainstream media make me sick. If “Bush lied and people died”, what does that make the Anointed One?

…I have no horse in the race over President Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, even if she does seem like a chip off the Prez’s block. My feeling is, you put an angry African-American in the White House masquerading as a uniter (when nothing could be further from the truth) who feels his election is payback for all the evils this country has ever committed over the past 200+ years, don’t be surprised if his Supreme Court picks mirror that same attitude. Elections have consequences, and this is just one of them. This soul-sick and morally and fiscally bankrupt country deserves everything it gets when it elects leaders like this.

…Bill Clinton, your legacy is calling!

This is one damned fine surf CD from one damned fine surf band. They also do some pretty fine acoustic mellow stuff. Check out this, and this. If Jana doesn’t add these to her collection in the next couple of weeks I’ll be astonished. After all, they come with The Great White Shank’s seal of approval.

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May 26, 2009

Dave Ramsey, that is, for today we mailed our last credit card payment. Once the check clears Friday we are credit card debt free!

It’s been such a long haul – almost two years, in fact. I remember the moment well: It was a hot Friday night in August 2007, and I was floating around the pool, tossing numbers around in my head. I guess you could say I then had what they call a “revelatory moment”. I had just finished paying the bills for that month and was amazed at having to pay 14 bills that day, the majority of them credit cards – three Chase, two Bank of America, Firestone, Shop NBC, Victoria’s Secret, Kohl’s, Citibank – you name ‘em, we had ‘em. After totalling up the numbers – I figured we owed somewhere around 60K or more – I think I finally just got tired of living life behind the 8-ball.

So what did I do? What any normal red-blooded American would do, of course: I asked my congressman to rail against those evil credit card banks on C-SPAN, then introduce a bill the President could sign to bail me out courtesy of the responsible credit card owners of America.

I’m kidding, of course.

But I remember distinctly trying to figure out our debt and how much we’d have to sacrifice in order to pay them off in two years’ time. To tell you the truth, I didn’t think we could do it. But we started hammering away – I remember distinctly writing down on paper a strategy to get our highest three cards totalling 42K all under 10K so we could at least lay out a plan – and God was good to us in keeping both of us employed and seeing Tracey’s income rise a bit through a couple of promotions. Eating out was terminated completely (except Friday night takeout from the local pizza joint), as well as mall and jewelry shopping on the cable channels. And not having a car payment made it a whole lot easier.

The final kicker was discovering Ramsey’s show on the Fox Business Network. He spoke a language we both now understood, and a message we embraced. We didn’t follow his methodology 100% – we never bothered with a formal budget, and we still gave abundantly to charities and the money pit called my sister-in-law (a topic for another time) – but otherwise we were disciplined and stuck to our plan. A white board on the wall in my office listed all the cards and the balances, and at the end of every month we logged our progress and slowly began to see the credit cards with balances listed in blue turn to green as they were paid off.

Once we got our three big cards down to below 10K, we started attacking the lower fruit and got what Dave calls a “snowball” going – you start with your smallest balance and work your way up; soon you really start having money to toss at the big kahunas. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel these past few months just made us all the hungrier to get things done.

And we’ve done it, almost three months ahead of time. Now it’s on to the next step: getting our savings account up to $5K, then attacking the last non-mortgage debt – a once-$40K loan we took out against a 403-B to purchase our house, now down to $28K. If all goes well, we’ll have that paid off as a Christmas present.

Folks, if once-reckless spenders and vacationers like us can do it, anyone can do it! And President Obama can find some other shills to help pay for every other irresponsible credit card owner out there, because the credit cards are out of our wallets and out of our lives, for good.

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May 24, 2009

Been meaning to post on this for awhile but, well, you know how it is. It’s been pretty hard to find any sportswriter across the country supporting Manny Ramirez in the wake of the news that he has been suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug (PED) in his blood.

Keep in mind, I was always a Manny fan – if you had the ballgame on while doing housework or yard work you always stopped what you were doing whenever Manny came to the plate, not just because he was so unpredictable – which he was – but also because it was always a joy to watch a true craftsman ply his craft as a big-league hitter. Few had a flare for the dramatic during his days as a Red Sox as Manny did, but it was clear back in the first half of 2008 that Ramirez had worn out his welcome: Manny was dogging it and daring Red Sox management to either reward him for his years in Boston or deal him. It was both unprofessional and juvenile, but Sox fans had long ago gotten used to the “Manny being Manny” act.

When after he was dealt to the Dodgers and then turned on the afterburners, few, I think, were surprised. Even so, it was a shame to see how someone could be so selfish and self-serving as Ramirez revealed himself to be without any sense of shame at all. It is hardly a surprise, then, that after news of Ramirez’s suspension became public the Boston media let it all fly.

The Boston Herald’s Gerry Callahan nails just how loathsome a character Ramirez had been during his tenure in Boston:

The idea that there could ever be a moral line that Ramirez would not cross is funnier than “The Family Guy.” Here is a man who each spring refused to walk 50 feet to say hello to the young patients from the Jimmy Fund Clinic, who declined to meet with the wounded troops at Walter Reed and who stiffed the kids at his old high school in New York City. He hit a young clubhouse attendant in Cleveland and a 64-year-old traveling secretary in Boston. He slapped one Red Sox teammate last season and quit on all the rest, and perhaps now we can better understand his belligerent behavior in his final days in Boston. I believe the technical term is ’roid rage.

Callahan goes on to quote Curt Schilling as saying “I’m not surprised at all. I don’t think there are many people in baseball who will be surprised.”

Way back in those halcyon days of September 2007, Ramirez generated a lot of chuckles when he referred to himself as a “bad man”:

Q: So many times your partner in crime David Ortiz has come through in these playoff situations, how did it feel for you to hit a walk-off home run in the playoffs?

MANNY RAMIREZ: It feels great, man. It’s been a long time I don’t do something special like that. But I haven’t been right all year round. But I guess, you know, when you don’t feel good and you still get hits, that’s when you know you are a bad man.

Little did we know then just how “bad” a man Manny Ramirez truly was. There will be more than a few steroid guys who somehow slip through the cracks and make it into Cooperstown, but it’s hard to imagine few who will have turned out to be as arrogant, self-serving, and, frankly, stupid as Manny Ramirez has proven himself to be.

There’s no question Ramirez was equal parts joy and infuriating to watch as a Red Sox. And there’s also little question that they would not have won the two World Series crowns they did (2004, 2007) were it not for his talents. Unfortunately, all too often, rather than “Manny Being Manny”, it was always about “Manny Caring Nothing About Anything But Manny”. Ramirez was always about numero uno, and to hell with everyone else. But you take the bad with the good, right?

I always thought Ramirez was a home run as a baseball player and a bunt as a human being. How history will judge him and those like him still remains to be seen, but just like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Roger Clemens, he’s been revealed as a cheat and a disgrace to the game of baseball. That’s something he’ll have to live with the rest of his life, but somehow, given his track record, I don’t think his conscience is going to keep him awake at night much.

I guess it’s just Manny being Manny.

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May 23, 2009

And to think a majority of American voters voted for this:

In a sobering holiday interview with C-SPAN, President Obama boldly told Americans: “We are out of money.”

C-SPAN host Steve Scully broke from a meek Washington press corps with probing questions for the new president.

SCULLY: You know the numbers, $1.7 trillion debt, a national deficit of $11 trillion. At what point do we run out of money?

OBAMA: Well, we are out of money now. We are operating in deep deficits, not caused by any decisions we’ve made on health care so far. This is a consequence of the crisis that we’ve seen and in fact our failure to make some good decisions on health care over the last several decades.

And what’s the One’s prescription for dealing with this “sobering” fact? Why, spend and tax our way out of it by nationalizing health care! Yeah, that’s the ticket:

…So we’ve got a short-term problem, which is we had to spend a lot of money to salvage our financial system, we had to deal with the auto companies, a huge recession which drains tax revenue at the same time it’s putting more pressure on governments to provide unemployment insurance or make sure that food stamps are available for people who have been laid off.

So we have a short-term problem and we also have a long-term problem. The short-term problem is dwarfed by the long-term problem. And the long-term problem is Medicaid and Medicare. If we don’t reduce long-term health care inflation substantially, we can’t get control of the deficit.

So, one option is just to do nothing. We say, well, it’s too expensive for us to make some short-term investments in health care. We can’t afford it. We’ve got this big deficit. Let’s just keep the health care system that we’ve got now.

Along that trajectory, we will see health care cost as an overall share of our federal spending grow and grow and grow and grow until essentially it consumes everything…

Congratulations, America – in return for electing someone who has never even managed a lemonade stand in his life, someone you’ve put in the Oval Office solely on his ability to talk pretty and make hearts swell with soaring rhetoric he doesn’t write himself and couldn’t recite without the use of a TelePrompTer, you now have an elected leader who willingly admits that while we have no money, the only way out of this pedicament is to tax and spend.

With his comments today, I think it’s fair to say the emperor’s clothes are officially off. He’s always been fraud and a pretender – someone without an original idea in his bones, and one who thinks of the Presidency the same way a teenager thinks of the week ahead as he watches his parents drive away for a vacation. The Oval Office is his own personal candy store, his ticket to gaining and consolidating the power he’s always longed for in order to shape the world to his own socialism-loving, America-hating worldview, and he’s now greasing the skids to use the country’s dire economic situation to institute his own “final solution”.

As if this in and of itself isn’t tragic enough, the sobering truth is there’s no one in Washington – in either party – with the credibility, intergrity, and balls to stand up to this kind of madness. Think about it: has there ever been a time where our elected leaders have been so corrupt and so brazen in their inherent dishonesty? Not only are they a bunch of lying, cheating thieves you wouldn’t even trust lending a $20 to, they’re so in bed with their own vested interests that the nation’s capital should be renamed the National Whorehouse.

The whole thing makes me angry and ought to make every American angry as well. This is nothing but sheer incompetence on display at the highest rungs of the government ladder. It ought to be enough to generate a real revolt of the citizenry, but this country is so morally bankrupt and spiritually sick that all you’ll hear are Obama’s syncophants in the mainstream media nodding their heads in amazement at how pretty this President can talk, how good he makes them feel, and how the government will come to our rescue to cure everything that ails us.

Folks, this fish is rotting from the head down. In order to finally cast off our national guilt about slavery, we’ve put the nation in the hands of a power-hungry thug we still know virtually nothing about – after all, his own birth certficate and detailed health and education records have yet to been released – but one who we do know has had his worldview shaped and molded by the radical teachings of Saul Alinsky and one we know has little concern about the ethics of those he has chosen to surround himself with.

But give the guy his due: what he’s not is dumb, and this is the one thing that should frighten Americans more than anything else. A closer look at Obama’s words above tells you exactly what we can all expect in the coming months – more apologies for the evils this country has done, and class warfare and wealth redistribution on an unprecedented scale all in the name of reducing health care costs “for the common good”.

Don’t believe me? That’s fine. Even the Goodboys joke that no one listens to The Great White Shank. But that doesn’t mean he’s wrong…

In the end, this is nothing but facism, pure and simple. Once Obama and the government he presides over controls your health care, there’s nothing stopping them from using the argument of controlling health care costs to control every other aspect of your life, from your health care and behavioral and lifestyle choices to the way you live and spend your money. That is, if you still have any left to spend.

You can pooh-pooh this rant all you want and call me just another frustrated conservative or libertarian or whatever – frankly, I don’t give a rat’s a$$. But mark my words, these are dangerous times and this is very dangerous thinking. On this Memorial Day weekend, while remembering the lives of those who fought the cause of freedom for millions of people over the years, we should ponder the impending death of the very freedoms and life they fought to preserve.

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May 21, 2009

Whenever I’m out and about – whether it be to the supermarket, the pizza joint down the street, or the Petsmart where we buy our rabbit supplies – invariably I’m always stopped and asked what it’s like to be part of Goodboys Nation. The question always humbles and amuses me, and I always reply that Goodboys Nation is a lot like the Roach Motel (or the Hotel California) – you can check in anytime you’d like but you can never leave.

There has been many a Goodboy who thinks after a year or two in the fold that they’ve had enough of the juvenile shenanigans and non-stop hijinx typical of a Goodboys weekend – after all, you think you’ve finally attained the status of “adult” and wonder what you’re doing hanging around with these idiots when there are so many other quality ways you could spend a pleasant July weekend. Heck, I’ve often wondered that couple two three times myself. And it’s true that there are few people happier in the world than the Goodboys who head out on Sunday golfed out and Goodboys’d out for the relative safety and sanity of home and hearth.

But inevitably, every March or thereabouts, perhaps at the first sign of Robin redbreast, or that first warm day when the driving ranges shed their winter cloak amongst still-melting snowpiles, anyone who has ever been a part of the Goodboys tradition gets to thinkin’ about warm July weekends, cold beers, blue skies, and emerald greens. They think about rekinding friendships and acquaintances, and and the usual what ever happed to so-and-so, the memories of years and good times and Goodboys past.

Because, in the end – unless you’re a cold-hearted, manipulative, and controlling son of a bitch – and the Goodboys know who I’m talking about – that’s what being a Goodboy is all about. It’s taking a weekend break from the humdrum of life, to whack a few balls, receive a few housecalls from “the Good Doctor”, and strive for the prized winner’s jacket and a share of the Spielberg Memorial Trophy – the epitome of success for every (well, almost every… sorry Goose!) Goodboy.

And this year, the 19th annual incarnation of this hallowed event, I’m pleased to announce that a bunch of fine chickens who had left the fold for several years have decided to come home to roost. Therefore, this year’s Goodboys will assemble a group of legendary participants like never seen before in the annals of Goodboys history and tradition. Consider the field assembled:

1. Doug “The Great White Shank” Richard – five-time winner (1991, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2007) and resident blogger and general keeper of the Goodboys flame

2. Pat “Doggy Duval” McLaughlin – four-time winner (1992, 1995, 1997, 2008) and reigning champion

3. Steve “Killer” Kowalski – three-time winner (1995, 2003, 2007)

4. Ben “The Funny Guy” Andrusaitis – three-time winner (1991, 1993, 1999) and resident rogue and all-about authority on just about everything

5. Paul “Possum” Shepter – two-time winner (2001, 2008) and reigning champion

6. Mike “Vegas” Clark – two-time winner (2002, 2004) and one blessed with the sweetest short game you’re likely to see on any Goodboys weekend

7. Jay “Crusher” Spielberg – two-time champ (1998,2001) and inspiration for the hallowed Spielberg Memorial Trophy

8. Tony “2 Times” Proctor – one-time winner (2004) and resident financial genius

9. Ron “Cubby” Myerow – one-time champion (2003) and artist-in-residence

10. Steve “Deuce” Doucette – one-time champ (2005) and survivor of Goodboys 2005

11. Bob “Bobcat” Kelley – one-time champ (1996) and back for the first time since 2001

12. Kevin “Goose” Dwyer – perennial “BGNTHNWAGC” (Best Goodboys Never To have Won A Goodboys Championship); without a doubt this is his year.

This year, the Goodboys will be taking a break from the Cape, those crazy New Yorkers, and the snail trail of cars snaking along Route 6 and the Yabbada-Dabbada bridge (or whatever it’s called) and return to New Hampshire for the first time since 1999. It promises to be a weekend of laughs and reminiscing, and planning for the “Big 20″ celebration slated for next year.

Me, I can’t wait.

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May 20, 2009

The positive side…

Congrats to David “Big Papi” Ortiz for breaking a homer-less drought that had extended all the way back to last September 22. Hope you hit a bunch of them over the next week or two.

…Of course, reality always has a nasty way of intruding into the sometimes-fairy tale world of professional sports. Consider:

Diamondbacks reliever Scott Schoeneweis gets a call informing him his wife is found dead.

And prayers and wishes for only good things go out to Phil Mickelson and his wife Amy, recently diagnosed with breast cancer. There’s a lot of good things happening in the field of breast cancer research, hopefully an early diagnosis and the incredible advances made in that regard will play in her favor.

Sadly, for some, another’s personal troubles are nothing more than a convenient opportunity to promote your own progressive liberal agenda. For Yahoo! Sports’ Roy S. Johnson – obviously a total idiot – prayers and support are not enough: Mickelson’s fellow golfers need to open up their wallets to support breast cancer research. Not only is his column in extremely poor taste, but I’m always amazed at how liberals find the misery of others to tell people what they ought to do and how they should spend their money. Hey Roy, if you feel so strongly about Amy Mickelson’s plight, why not open up your own wallet and let others make their own minds up for themselves? My guess is you’re as tight with a buck as a tick. Go back under the rock you crawled out from under.

And speaking of creeps, knowing the media’s tendency to focus on the depraved and pathetic, watch for a ton of publicity over the next several weeks about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and how he should handle the Michael Vick situation. Were I Goodell the issue would be a non-starter – I don’t want a morally bankrupt, pathetic excuse for a human being playing in my league. I’m sure Vick will find any number of suitors wanting to toss $s at him if only to boost attendance, but if the NFL is truly serious about cleaning up its gangsta image, they’ll do themselves well to ban Vick from any and all future contact with the league.

Of course they won’t – after all, the only thing the NFL stands for these days is profit, and you can bet Goodell will respond to the cries of “fairness” and racism (I half expect Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to lead a nationwide effort on Vick’s behalf) and cave like a cheap bridge table. After all, Vick would be perfect for the Oakland Raiders – he and Al Davis deserve each other.

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May 19, 2009

I know what you’re thinking: how can I miss you if you don’t go away? Well, hard to believe I actually have a few minutes to catch up on a few items of note.

Looks like today is the last of a record-breaking heat. It’s only May, and we’ve already had fourteen straight days of 100+ degree temps. Seems a tad early for that kind of nonsense, methinks.

And last night we had our first monsoon of the season, two months early. Thunderstorms with straight-line winds that knocked down power lines and poles just north of here. Came outta nowhere – one minute it was tranquil and humid, next thing you know we have winds blasting through from the south. Our power was fluctuating left and right, and we couldn’t shut down the computers fast enough!

Goodboy “Goose” Dwyer sent me an e-mail this morning with this story from CNN. Hard to believe Phoenix is the kidnapping capital of the U.S. Don’t think that’s as much of a problem here in the East Valley as much as it is in the Phoenix metro and West Valley areas, but it’s not uncommon to see police helicopters flying low looking for signs of human traffickers and safehouses. Hard to believe that kind of thing can be taking place around you, but there are some bad hombres out there fer shure.

I never understood the idea of putting a hockey team out in the desert Southwest, and it looks like there’s a good chance someone has finally come to their senses.

It feels so much like summer, perfect for an Aqua Velvets video. Click on the “Spanish Blue” video and enjoy the sight and dynamite sounds of this bitchin’ surf band!

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May 17, 2009

The surf music is blaring, the pool temp is 92, but I have a stack of work that just won’t let go. And unfortunately, expectations far exceed what I’m able to deliver on a daily basis.

I’ve always been one to be square with my audience, and the fact is that circumstances (both business and personal) preclude me from doing justice to this weblog for the time being. This is not to say there won’t be posts from time to time, but the responsibilities of work and home just make it difficult to post of a quality both The Great White Shank and his readers demand.

That being said, I’ll be taking at least a month-long sabbatical from regular daily posting. That’s not to say there won’t be entries from time to time, just that there may be days – perhaps weeks, who knows? – when you might not see an update. Rest assured I’m still out here, it’s just that right now work precludes me from doing this weblog the attention it deserves.

This is not to say there won’t be any activity whatsoever, it’s just that there may be longer gaps between postings for the next month or two as my personal and professional life gets sorted out.

I hope you’ll keep GoodboysNation Weblog amongst your favorites; if you hang in there so will I.

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