Saturday, January 8, 2011

Snow

Expecting 4-7" this weekend (starting tomorrow evening through Monday); so we may actually get some of the white stuff.
From Christmas; but could be more this week

Angi went to WalMart and said they are basically out of everything (we only needed some beer and a mini-heater for the cat heh).

Prayers go out to the family and friends of the people involved in the shooting in Arizona today; my understanding is a federal judge and a nine year old girl are dead while 4 others were wounded (including the congresswoman who was in critical condition after being shot in the head).

While the perp was caught (other people are of interest); I hope the police diligently get to the bottom of the whole sordid thing and get everyone responsible.

NFL



The NFL and ESPN are close to a contract extension worth $2 billion annually. Could the deal prevent
NFL Money Machine Rolls On

The NFL is looking to place devices known as accelerometers in players' helmets to measure the force of hits to the head they absorb.
NFL fighting head injuries with technology

disaster



Problems with Cook County flood victim money continue A $10 million dollar disaster grant to help area flood victims continues to be a disaster for Cook County.
disaster grant disaster

Ah, the 1970s! That glorious time before seat belt laws and bicycle helmets. In the 1970s we stayed out, unsupervised in our neighborhoods, past dark and ate sugary cereals every day for breakfast. We wore knee socks and rainbow shirts. And then came the boom of the '80s.
disaster PREPAREDNESS: A Memoir

politics



The United States likely will face stiffer headwinds in resolving trade issues with China as the Asian power enters a period of leadership change, a US trade expert said Friday.
China politics may block trade progress: US expert

CBS News political analyst John Dickerson, "Evening News" senior producer Ward Sloane and senior political producer Rob Hendin break down the week's top political headlines Friday on "Washington Unplugged."
Video: politics Roundtable: Dickerson, Sloane %26 Hendin Unplugged

Tit-for-tat politics doesn't serve Texans; powered flight is celebrated in Fort Worth.
Tit-for-tat in Texas politics; powered flight is celebrated in Fort Worth

Friday, January 7, 2011

war



Former Laotian Hmong general Vang Pao, who died in the United States Thursday aged 81, was a controversial figure who led a CIA-backed "secret army" in the Vietnam war, and never abandoned the dream of leading his people home from exile.
Vietnam war 'secret army' chief Vang Pao dies in US

The Losers

Should you see it?  Yes

A covert ops team is betrayed by their handler in Bolivia when targeting a suspected terrorist weapons man.  They go in and rescue twenty-five innocent children; then everything goes wrong.

Starring Jeffery Dean Morgan (Clay), Idris Elba (Rogue), Chris Evans (Jensen), Columbus Short (Pooch), Oscar Jaenada (Cougar) and Zoe Saldana as Aisha. This is a fast-action shoot-em-up that delivers. The bad guy (Max) is a bit over-the-top in his acting, but the movie on the whole is well played.

Make sure to watch into the credits or you'll miss one of the funniest parts... also this movie screams sequel.

NBA



The Knicks bounced back from a stretch of five losses in seven games with wins over Indiana and San Antonio, but now they hit the road for a four-game Western swing that starts in a particularly interesting destination: Phoenix, where power forward Amare Stoudemire starred for eight tumultuous seasons before bolting to New York for a five-year, $100 million contract as a free agent this summer.
NBA weekend lookahead: Amare Stoudemire returns to Phoenix

Plus, New Orleans takes a step back; another case for Seattle; card game at heart of trouble; why was Carlos Boozer benched?
NBA High-5: Closing time has become hangover time for the Minnesota Timberwolves

college sports



For big-time college sports, late December is more than the season of holiday basketball tournaments and myriad football bowl games. It's also the time for making tax-deductible gifts to the booster club of your favorite college team.
Charles Clotfelter: End taxpayer subsidy for major college sports

Thursday, January 6, 2011

conservative



Influential conservative Dick Armey on Thursday urged the new House to take leadership in reducing the size of government and reining in spending by cutting "obnoxious programs" out of the budget.
conservative leader urges House to follow through on spending

politics



COMMENTARY | Republicans have said for months they want to make the George W. Bush-era tax cuts "permanent." In a compromise, President Obama signed a law that kept the tax cuts on for the next two years while extending unemployment benefits for Americans without a job for another year.
Permanent politics of Bush-Era Tax Cuts

MINALIN -- politics has taken a backseat on New Year's Day as thousands of Minale�os, including government officials, participated in the annual Aguman Sanduk Festival here over the weekend. In a show of unity, Mayor Arturo Naguit joined Vice Mayor Edgar Yambao, Councilor Cesar Magat, Boy Batac and Jenny Magat during the parade of floats that traversed the main streets of the municipality. read ...
politics set aside for Pampanga festival

college sports



For big-time college sports, late December is more than the season of holiday basketball tournaments and myriad football bowl games. It's also the time for making tax-deductible gifts to the booster club of your favorite college team.
Charles Clotfelter: End taxpayer subsidy for major college sports

Tax-deductible gifts to college athletic booster clubs don�t get mentioned much when we hear talk of the excess costs of college sports, but they play a surprisingly large role in the college athletics business, and at considerable cost to the taxpayer.
Charles Clotfelter: How major college sports gain at taxpayers' expense

Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced today that the conference has reached a new multi-year agreement for national television rights with Fox sports Media Group, beginning with the 2011 football season through the 2015-16 athletic year.
Conference USA and FOX sports Media Group Announce New Television Rights Agreement

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

NBA



LeBron's not the hometown headliner at United Center or MSG, but that doesn't mean the Bulls and Knicks are boo-hooing. Far from it: they're among teams with solid prospects for the new year.
NBA Power Rankings: Six teams likely looking at a happy new year

Trey Johnson of the Bakersfield Jam has been named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in December. The honor, the first of the 2010-11 season, is also the first of Johnson's career.
NBA D-League Daily Developments

NFL



NFL legend Brett Favre looks to have played the final game of his record-breaking career.
Favre hints he has played final game of NFL career

A day after the NFL regular season ended, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent an e-mail to about 5 million fans, telling them that "if both sides give a little," the league and its players' union "can and will reach an agreement" on a new labor deal. Citing the U.S. economy and saying, "a 10 percent unemployment rate hurts us all," Goodell wrote Monday: "Yes, NFL...
NFL Commissioner Goodell e-mails fans about labor

A day after the NFL regular season ended, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent an e-mail to about 5 million fans, telling them that "if both sides give a little," the league and its players' union "can and will reach an agreement" on a new labor deal.
NFL commish Goodell: We will reach deal on CBA

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

conservative



AUSTIN - conservative activists are pressuring Republican Texas lawmakers to dump one of their most powerful elected officials, House Speaker Joe Straus, with a week to go before the start of the
conservative activists want new Texas speaker

Monday, January 3, 2011

Friends n Feeds

Got some good friends coming over tonight to drink a little and play some Black Ops :)

Trying to incorporate some feeds into the blog system (from BlogOverdrive) but have as yet not figured out how to get the links to show with the feed (in contact with support on that) so that news (various) will be posted a couple of times each day even if I don't have time/inclination to post.

Great football this weekend with a few more college games to go and the NFL playoffs set.  Hopefully Arkansas and Auburn can uphold the SEC this coming week (and Kentucky, but meh).

Dallas didn't make the playoffs, so it's time to root for Indy and Peyton :)

war



NEW YORK %26mdash; Barry Zorthian, a colorful U.S. diplomat who left his mark on American policy in Vietnam as a forthright and often combative press spokesman in the early years of the war, has died. Mr. Zorthian, 90, died Thursday in Washington, D.C., hospital ...


Sunday, January 2, 2011

climate change



Gauhati, India %26mdash; In this humid, lush region where an important part of the world's breakfast is born, the evidence of climate change is %26mdash; literally %26mdash; a weak tea. Growers in tropical Assam state, India's main tea growing region, say rising ...


WASHINGTON %26mdash; With the federal government set to regulate climate-altering gases from factories and power plants for the first time, President Obama's administration and the new Congress are headed for a clash that carries substantial risks for both ...


Movie Night



Story here ...

Sales and Sights

It's time for the 2011 New Year sale at Amazon: clicky



And check out the caves in Vietnam, the pictures are amazing: snap

Daily Pundit's Predictions

Bill Quick has his predictions for the year up (here):
9. California will experience what would be called “sovereign default” if it were an independent nation.
10. There will be an effort to recall Jerry Brown - from the left!
11. Major rioting will hit Los Angeles as the city, county, and state drastically scale back welfare programs at every level.
12. Mike Bloomberg will begin a run for the White House. Within three months he will end it.
13. The Supreme Court will strike down the individual mandate requirement of Obamacare after taking up the case on an expedited review basis, at the request of all sides.
I agree with some...1, 2, and 3 are locks (imo) and 4 I would have to bet against.  5, 6 and 8 I would say yea; 7 no; 9, 11, 12, 13 lock; 10 doubtful; 14, 15, 17, 18 agree; 16 not; 20 lock, 19, 21 not so much.

Of course he actually made predictions; I didn't, so take that grain of salt :)