Thursday, September 08, 2005

Roving around Iowa

Interesting News from the "People Moving out of State"(I just made that up, kinda cool??):

(SHELL ROCK) – State Rep. Bill Dix, R-Shell Rock, on Monday, Sept. 12, will tour the first congressional district as he announces his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Dix formed a committee earlier this year to explore a possible congressional run. Since that time, he has been touring the district, which is comprised of 12 counties in northeast Iowa. He noted in June that he has amassed a $200,000 campaign war chest, and hired a top Bush campaign adviser as his consultant.
(Press Release from the Iowa House Republican Office)

I wonder who the top Bush campaign adviser is? Has anyone seen Karl Rove since the Time Cover?

Google Inside

Sooner or Later Google was going to get into the hardware business. I have no "inside" information but this announcement coming from the NY Times:

The company, based in Mountain View, Calif., announced earlier today that Dr. Cerf will be leaving MCI, where he is senior vice president of technology strategy, to be one of a dozen or so vice presidents working closely with Eric Schmidt as the company continues to move beyond its roots as an Internet search engine.

Dr. Cerf, 62, is best known for the early work he did on the Internet, and its precursor, the Arpanet. Together with Robert Kahn, a fellow computer scientist, Dr. Cerf sketched out in 1973 a set method, or protocol, for allowing different, isolated computer networks to talk to one another. The protocol, which paved the way for today's Internet, is called Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol, or TCP/IP.

For the last 2 decades if there was anyone not working for a search engine that did the most for the "net" this is the man. Yahoo should be afraid. To be honest, I would not be suprised if we saw a Google ISP in a couple of years.

*UPDATE* ==> Think about this Google is getting ready for another offering, The current value of the shares available + the hiring of the godfather of the ISP= (What ever you want it to)


This is the Season of the 40th Big Game. Tonite marks the beginning of the season with the back to back defending Superbowl Champion New England Patriots v. the Okland Raiders. Its going to be an exciting season hopefully with a new champion. Good luck to all teams!

Supreme Pizza

With all the hoopla surrounding the Supreme Court there are somethings that people should know that they do not:

The Court issued an order today reallocating circuit assignments among the Justices... Circuit Justices are responsible for ruling on certain motions arising from their assigned circuits, such as motions for extensions of time. In the case motions for a stay of execution or other motions relating to death penalty matters...

Learn new things everyday. This is an example of info that is pretty important. Especially when it deals with the Death Penalty issues. And its always kinda interesting (at least I think) to find out more about this secret society.

Pitch to me?

Time for the stretch of the baseball season. The Cubs can still go .500 and finish with a winning record for the 3rd straight season. But there are certain obstacles in the way:

Will Baker pitch to Bonds?

"It depends on how he's swinging," Baker said. "Is he the sharp Barry Bonds or the comeback Barry Bonds? I'll see how he swings. That's a long time to miss and be sharp. Barry's always dangerous. He'd be a lot more dangerous if he had 400, 500 at-bats."

You better pitch to Bonds. The man hasn't seen a real pitcher since LAST September. Now, if i were the second team to face Bonds, thats a different question. When it all boils down to it, you gotta keep the faith.

Cross Fire

Cross fires back:

"This is an insult to every member of Congress--Democrats as well as Republicans," Cross said.

Cross suggested Madigan was trying to divert public attention from Democratic legislative support for a controversial provision to balance Gov. Rod Blagojevich's state budget plan.

House Republicans have been holding their own hearings to criticize the Democratic plan that dropped scheduled payments of billions of dollars to the state's public teacher and employee pension plans.

Lets quickly examine whats really at heart here. Budget issue regarding the eventual $2.2 Billion dollar underfunding of the states retirement system. Oh yeah, so they must be experts on this situation.


Let the bickering begin:

Trying to leverage a federal debate for local advantage, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has scheduled a statewide series of "workshops" that promote Democratic opposition to Republican-backed proposals to partially privatize Social Security...

Interesting. I don't know about anyone else but isn't this a Federal Issue?

Steve Brown, Madigan's spokesman, said Tuesday the series of at least 14 workshops to begin next week were "absolutely not" political in nature

Thats a load. Its campaign politics at its finest who does he think hes kidding. Shameless attempt to redivert the news.


All the Astrology is rather interesting?

Capricornians...They are reserved and introverted, but sometimes they live sudden moments of impulsiveness. Their main characteristics are shyness and insecurity which disappear when they realize of being loved and appreciated. Suited jobs are: politician, entrepreneur, insurer, estate agent, banking employee. In love, Capricornians are serious, constant and faithful, but not too effusive.

There are a bunch of famous Capricorns. Howard Stern, Muhammad Ali, Al Capone, Aristotle, and of course Jesus. Some people laugh at the people who make these things, but yet people continue to spend money in this area. When I read these pages I take the content with a grain of salt but yet feel very conected. It gives me a connection and kinda helps me get to know myself better by asking myself "is that really me?"

Get out my Face!

On the College Campus, computers are life savers. They can help with everything from downloading a paper to checking up on friends. Looks like AIM finally has serious competition for control over the social aspect of the net:

Facebook supports 882 colleges today - there are about 2,000 in the U.S. if you count community colleges. Their goal is to support all of these over time.

The penetration rate is staggering - about 85% of students in supported colleges have a profile up on FaceBook. That’s 3.85 million members. Chris [Hughs, tech member of face book] tells [Tech Crunch] that 60% log in daily. About 85% log in at least once a week, and 93% log in at least once a month.

Thats alot of Hooch. The market share is leaving AOL in a hurry. Back in the day [when i was in grade school] you have Chinet, AOL, Prodigy or Compuserve. Thanks to broadband, free mail services, and the costs of the communities the for old the style Internet Community (AOL and Prodigy) no longer control the web.

Big Day for Apple

I was sending this link around the AIM today:

Take everything you love about iPod and shrink it. Now shrink it again. With 2GB (500 songs) and 4GB (1,000 songs) models starting at $199, the pencil-thin iPod nano packs the entire iPod experience into an impossibly small design. So small, it will take your music places you never dreamed of.

I just want to know what is next.


Finally, we all knew it was coming, I even posted a couple days ago about this today it came:

With iTunes for your mobile phone, your songs live right alongside your contacts. Think of it as musical multitasking. Hear a selection of your favorite tunes while sending text messages, taking pictures or checking your email. Listen through the included stereo headphones or out loud on the ROKR’s speakers. You can even pause the music when your phone rings, so you won’t miss any incoming calls.

I am impressed, but then again, I liked the Draft Edgar site. What i do like is Apple's ability to make money. They can put the Ipod on an alarm clock and it will sell like hot cakes. Genius. Gotta Make Money when you can.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Cheseburger Under water

Buffet built a lifestyle on Rock and Margaritas:

Jimmy Buffett built his franchise upon selling his fans a cartoonish portrait of Gulf Coast bacchanalia - where life consists of nothing but drinking before noon, chilling on the beach and driving nowhere in particular with the ragtop permanently down. Last week's reality check set that straight when the world witnessed bodies of dead Americans floating in the water and baking in the sun, homes destroyed by violent winds and the federal government ensnared in hesitation and red tape.

This is exactly what I am talking about here. The media finds another item to complain about instead of helping the victims they are writing about Jimmy Buffet. This man has so much money, how come we haven't heard anything from his camp about donations or help?

Snow Ski

Those big schools are always coming through with big break throughs, MIT probably more so than others:

At the American Chemical Society meeting in Washington, D.C., this week, scientists from MIT explained how they have developed a new material--which consists of thin, alternating layers of tiny glass particles and polymers--that will resist fogging and work in a far wider range of environments than current fog-resistant glass and plastics. In two to five years, glasses, ski goggles and car windshields could be made with the material.

Thats pretty sweet but what about AIDS, ADD, Cancer, Diabeties, and Parkinsons? But who cares about those when we don't have to deal with fog in our ski goggles?

Rescue Me

A new tv show that want to recomend to people is the FX drama Rescue Me starting Dennis Leary:

"Rescue Me" is a drama that centers on the inner workings of Engine 62, a New York City firehouse, and the personal and emotional battles of its members in a post-9/11 world mostly centering on Tommy Gavin, a veteran firefighter whose life is in turmoil as he copes with the stresses and fears of his job as well the separation from his wife Janet.

After 9/11 the Firefighters and Police members of New York City were protrayed as the ultimate heros for good reasons. While there are many arcotypes within the show, it does a good job (once again in my mind) of creating the "real situation". What i mean by that is the people are normal, doing human like activities.

The Show airs Tuesday nights on FX.

Time after Time

The timing of this is not fair:

After prayers at the high court, Rehnquist's casket was carried down the steps in front of the building where he had served for 33 years and brought to historic St. Matthew's Cathedral in downtown Washington for a private funeral.

Burial was set for Arlington National Cemetery in a grave not far from where several other justices are interred.

I was able to read his book The Supreme Court during my time and was quite impressed. During the past 19 years America was changed for the better. He will missed but never forgotten.

Sue Sox

I think this might be one of the few times that the Sox made news:

A victim of polio who requires a cane to walk filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox alleging that he was forcibly removed from the ballpark after a game two years ago while waiting for restrooms to clear out.

Look on the bright side, this time its not two people jumping umpires. The Royals are at the Cell for a series.

CoCo Annan

News form the United Nations earlier today regarding the final report on the Oil for Food Program:

The highly critical report by an independent panel was delivered to the UN Security Council on Wednesday. It finds instances of "illicit, unethical and corrupt" behaviour during the $64bn scheme, and blames the secretary general for mismanagement. The inquiry concludes that the UN is in urgent need of sweeping reform.

"Lets work out the problem. Lets not Make it worse by guessing"- Gene Kranz. Maybe we should listen to the man behind Apollo 11 and 13 (some others of course). I know his comments were not directed at the United Nations but was a pretty good line. It underlines the importance of knowing exactly what to do. I am affraid that certain people are going to jump to major conclusions that might not be the best for the nation or the world.

Wild Cardinals

Go figure, right. Cannot beat any other team but the Cardinals:

Lee belted his 40th home run and hit an RBI single to back a gutty performance by Glendon Rusch and power the Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.

Rusch had reason to celebrate. The left-hander retired the first 18 batters he faced, the longest no-hit stretch to start a game for a Cubs pitcher this season, before David Eckstein led off the Cardinals' seventh with a clean single to center.

This would be cool if it weren't worthless. This what happens in the City of Loss though. For some unknown reason the expectaion game killed me again. But there are important parts to this. First off, Pujols still can't really hit off the cubs which lowers his batting average while D. Lee (aka birthday boy, Happy Belated) continues to have an amazing season. Its a shame he will not win the MVP.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Bonding w/ the Team

Barry Bonds cannot stay out of the spot light for too long:

Bonds, who had surgery three times this year on his right knee in a little more than a three-month period, passed Monday's initial test, taking three rounds of batting practice before the suddenly surging Giants played the Dodgers. He looked no worse for the wear, hitting five of the 17 pitches he swung at into the far reaches of the right field pavilion at Dodger Stadium.

I think this is great for baseball. The best player of this era overcoming an injury and helping his team. Its also a bit interesting because his first full series back will be against the Cubbies. So here is what is going to happen... Bonds will hit like 15 home runs and win the MVP, it happens.

Good ol' Patterson

More annoying news from Corey Patterson:

"I'm still focused on these last few games this month," Patterson said. "At the end of the year, I have to decide what's best for myself and what's going to get me back on track, whether that's winter ball or going back home and working in the offseason. That's something I have to decide. Right now, it's one thing at a time.

Suck it up and go play winter ball. There are many people behind that would do what ever it takes. I wish your batting average was the size of your ego. Remember when Carlos Zambrano played winter ball?? Thats right, hes playing the best baseball of his life. And do not give this still focused garbage. Are you focused on striking out??

Chunckie Chucky

For those of you sleeping at this hour, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was just on MSNBC. He was discussing the Supreme Court situation. He made mention that and i will quote here for you all.

"God knows Congress is incapable of handling 2 crisis at once."

I'm going to let that quote stand alone while you all think about what is going on in the world right now.

Big Bass

Former First Lady Barbara Bush had some delightful comments the other day:

"What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality," she said during a radio interview with the American Public Media program "Marketplace." "And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them."

Sometimes the best thought is the one unsaid.

Day 1

Thought i would let everyone in on a little secret, Look at what time this post occured at. Yup, first day of practice!! This better be worth it.

Junior Varsity

The Miami and FSU game is coming to an end here about quarter to 11 (Add an hour to figure out the time where the game is) and I was not impressed by any means. This game was built up to the National Championship game of the opening week. 10-7 FSU wins!! Great. Shotty football, no sportsmen, and beer laiden advertisements. I wonder who will be the first FSU team member to plead guilty to a felony??

Monday, September 05, 2005

WR, Thank you

Thank you Mr. Chief Justice Rehnquist. My prayers are for you and with your family:

Rehnquist, 80, who had been battling thyroid cancer, died Saturday evening at his home

Now the difficulty begins. There is too much going on right now that Bushy needs to take his time a little bit and just let things in New Olreans and the rest of the South situate a little more. I posted earlier about the nomination but i still think that we need a little more time.


Senate Democrate Rebuttle:

"The stakes are higher and the Senate's advice and consent responsibility is even more important," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., expressed concerns about the court's balance.

I'm not going to lie, I don't think the person who was appointed really matters anymore. It seems to be just a squabble either way. We won't know what is going to happen until it happens. But it could be interesting either way.

Justice Roberts, the man??

John Roberts quickly went from becoming a powerful person, to likely the 2nd most powerful person in the country:

Seizing a historic opportunity to reshape the Supreme Court, President Bush swiftly chose conservative John Roberts as chief justice Monday and weighed how to fill another vacancy that could push the nation's highest court to the right on issues from abortion to affirmative action.

Regardless of what he originally thought this job entiled, the stakes have been raisen to a new level. Mr. Roberts, I hope will be a fair and balanced member leaving politics out of the court.

Tom Green, save me Jesus

The ever popular Tom Green has a Blog, but no Rss and no humor (No Big Suprise). Heaven Help us.

IPhone Announcement

Big Big Cellphone news from the popular Think Secret web page:

Apple will upgrade both its iPod mini and iPod shuffle lines of music players, but most likely not at its media event next week, Think Secret has learned. The media event will instead be devoted almost exclusively to the new iTunes-enabled Motorola phone and the company's partnership with Cingular.

Cingular has the goods and its a shame that they are also a big bunch of jerks. I went to get my cellphone upgraded since i had AT&T i thought they would be cool about letting me get a new phone. I was wrong. I have to cancel my AT&T (early termination fee) then i have to pay an Activation Fee. So i guess there is no chance for this person to get one. Oh well.

Miami v. FSU

When did College Football Players become professional? While I am stuck doing homework in good old Dubuque, The students and football players from Miami University and Florida State University are drinking and watching football. I enjoy college football very much. It gives me something to do on a Saturday afternoon and Saturday night before the bars. These kids are pretty much exploted for their talents. I don't think these kids need to be paid, because they are. Ever heard of this thing called a scholorship?? But its bull that they get special privalages. Oh well, Lets go Miami.

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