31 May 2011

Finalize Pt. 2

I may need to revise that last post... That was a gritty win for the Heat. I think Dallas will win at least two in the series, but the killer instinct in the 4 quarter only belongs to Miami right now.

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I think the Heat-Mavs series will go 7 games, though if Miami plays much like they have to start the 2nd half of the game, I will be proven wrong.

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25 May 2011

Unfit Parents

As a parent, I've learned that it is important to respect other parents right to raise their children as they deem appropriate. Of course, abuse or neglect should never be tolerated, but outside of that parents should get some benefit of the doubt.

Unless of course, are like these idiots, who have chosen to raise their children free of gender identity.

As the friend who shared the article this on Facebook said, I feel sorry for the children.

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20 May 2011

Poco Loco

The New York Times looks at some of the people that have bought into the Camping Rapture Prediction. It originates with a prediction by Harold Camping that the rapture will take place on Saturday, May 21st (TOMORROW!!!). Camping has been wrong before (obviously).

I hope they interview them on Sunday.

Dennis Rodman - All-time MVP?

The WSJ's Daily Fix blog has an interesting post about the value and superlative rebounding ability of Dennis Rodman. They point to an analysis of Rodman's career which concludes that Rodman may have been better at his best thing (rebounding) than any other player has been at their best thing.

It's an interesting analysis.

The End of a Media Titan

Dick Ebersol has resigned as the head of NBC Sports. He has been an extremely influential sports media figure for decades.

SI's Joe Posnanski has some thoughts from a recent interview with Ebersol, and gives his own opinion of the Ebersol era.

The Power of Self-Reliance

These are some incredible photos, published on the Daily Mail (UK) website. Homeowners in Mississippi and elsewhere have created their own dams and levees to protect their homes from ongoing flooding.

It demonstrates the importance of making your own contingency plans whereever possible. Everyone should have water, gasoline, and some kind of food stored for emergencies.

16 May 2011


The New York Times has a good piece on the the staying power of Matt Drudge and The Drudge Report.

I have been checking Drudge daily for almost 11 years. On many occasions it has been my first source for major breaking news, and I imagine that won't change anytime soon.

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15 May 2011


This is sharp commentary on the arrest of IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn.

This will be a fascinating case to watch.

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This is an interesting article about the vision of a Japanese mayor, who overcame opposition to construct a high floodgate to protect this town from a tsunami.

He did so decades before the March earthquake and tsunami, to the great benefit of his people.

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I'm enjoying this close game between the Heat and the Bulls. It is hard to get a sense for who will win this series.

I enjoyed this story from Bill Simmons with his opinion on Phil Jackson's retirement. There are some good insights there.

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14 May 2011

Awesome Video Saturday CLXV

A compilation of terrible video game voice acting...with visual interpretation. Amusing.

08 May 2011

For the Moms

Social media certainly has it's negative elements, including, but not limited to, oversharing of personal information. Fortunately there are days like today, Mother's Day, where the public forums are filled with heartfelt and sincere expressions of love and admiration. I have been touched many times today by what has been written about mothers and motherhood.

Motherhood is a godly responsibility. It involves selflessness and devotion, and I believe women are uniquely able to provide those qualities. My own mother has been an exemplar of such things, and I was fortunate enough to marry a woman cut from the same cloth. This is no surprise given how wonderful her mother is. I am grateful for these mothers who have blessed and continue to bless my life.


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03 May 2011


This Op-Ed by Allysia Finley provides two insights, neither of which is surprising, but still worth reading.

1. Many people are paying far too much for their college education, relative to the return on that investment.

2. Most of the fiscal woes of State and local governments can be traced to the very generous compensation given to public sector employees. This is not sustainable unless taxes are increased or other expenses reduced.

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Up, Down, Left, Left, Right...

This column by Eric Snider is an instant classic. I dare you not to laugh...I DARE YOU!

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Shortly after the celebrations of Bin Laden's death were shown, many people lamented the glorifying of his violent end. They found moral backing in a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., that was not actually written or spoken by him.

It is a fascinating look at how misinformation can spread on the Internet very, very quickly. The sentiment behind the quote is a good one, and I don't blame anyone who feels that way.

By the way, I continue to be very happy that Bin Laden is dead. I am glad that he didn't just die peacefully, but that some rough men took him out the hard way. It was just. If I ever become a mass-murdering, bigoted, and evil man I give each of you license to throw a party when I earn my just reward. In today's New York Post, the section on Bin Laden carried the subtitle "Rot in Hell" on each page.

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02 May 2011

Dark Side

As I have some time on this flight I am going to prepare a few posts, like this one, for publishing when I land and reconnect to the web.

In nearly every industry I can imagine, there are other industries that have sprung up to support them. I am sitting in front of two young men who work as professional pollsters for political campaigns. Firms like the ones that they work for can generate high fees and have become an integral part of the electoral process. My own career is supported by technical and legal subindustries specific to my field. Intercollegiate sports is no different.

Pete Thamel of the New York Times wrote an excellent article about the shady elements that surround the collegiate recruiting. Read it and see if you agree that folks like Caldwell don't belong in any high schooler's living room.

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01 May 2011

Death to Evil

I have an early flight scheduled for tomorrow, and JUST as I was getting ready to go to bed, I check my Twitter feed and see the reports that Osama Bin Laden is dead.

This would be a just use of deadly force if there ever was one, and I'm thrilled that he will not have the benefit of using our judicial system to his end.

This is an important step in a long struggle, but it's not the end.

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