Friday, August 31, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The GOP Convention (Day Dos)

Onto the highlights:

Former Secretary of State, Condi Rice:

Governor or New Mexico, Susana Martinez:

Congressman  and VP nominee, Paul Ryan :

Game Notes:
  • Pawlenty, Huckabee, and McCain were all sub-meh.  I just didn't find a single one appealing. 
  • Conversely, the women above were transcendent.  As with the Olympics, the women emerge as our heroes.  I didn't even know who Susana Martinez was.  Five minutes into her speech and I can't forget her.
  • Chris Matthews continues to masterfully wield his secret power of RACISM FINGER
  • Matthews went full retard with this line of questioning.  Chris and I went to the same high school.  His display is not representative of the values preached.
  • Dean gets best tweet: "If there is one take-away from the 1st two nights of the #RNC, it's we've got a deep bench.  A damn deep bench."
  • Whomever scheduled the speaking order needs to be promoted.  Condi brought the house down.  I was expecting a bit of a lull with the next speaker, but in hindsight the night wasn't even close to reaching the top of its arc. 
  • Paul Ryan: "College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life."  From 21-23 I was active duty for the USAF, I was a student at PSU from ages 23-27, and didn't land a real job until I was 29.  My 20s were spent mostly working below minimum wage, studying, and being deployed.  All the while, my friends had real jobs and were spending weekends down the Jersey shore, traveling to Europe, meeting their wives, etc.  Tough to watch others' progress.  So to say Ryan's quote resonated with me is a bit of an understatement.  I can only imagine how the graduates that are experiencing this scenario first hand must feel.
  • Paul Ryan gets MVP of day 2.  It was damned close, though.
  • The MSM's reaction to Paul Ryan's speech:

Next Topic: Holy S--t Football
And so PSU begins a new era.  Names on jerseys, new head coach, etc.  Going to be an interesting, if not sad few years.  Still, I always love that feeling on Saturday mornings that I get to see my boys play. 

One flame of hope I keep is that people are still fighting the NCAA's horrid sanctions as well as the PSU BOT's actions.  For all relevant and learned coverage, please head over to The Nittany Turkey.  Update: heh.

Games to watch:
  1. Notre Dame vs. Navy.  Because my Notre Dame hate needs to be unleashed.
  2. 'Bama vs. Michigan.  Because the Big 10 needs a win to re-establish legitimacy.  I don't see it happening, as Denard just isn't that good.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The GOP Convention (Day 1)

I have never really watched a convention until last night.  They just always seemed like a horrific game show coupled with really bad music.

And so I sat down to watch.  I tuned into Fox because I was pretty sure there were going to be shenanigans.  Suspicions: confirmed.  OK that was an easy prediction, but still...

Onto the highlights:

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisc):

Ann Romney:

Chris Christie:

Other Notes:
  • Unfortunately, I was cooking dinner and had to miss Mia Love's speech.  Click nyaw for viewing.  Word on the web is that she did a tremendous job and bolstered her campaign as well as Romney's last night.  I agree.
  • Niki Haley was solid.
  • The racist storm-troopers were out in full force.  Look up #negrospotting on Twitter if you don't believe me.  Of course these same people would be screaming if there were no black speakers.
  • The Walker vid confirms how influential Wisconsin politics have been over these past few years.  I expect this trend to continue.
  • Christie's speech was better than expected.  I was genuinely fired up.  People were making a big deal that he didn't mention Romney that much.  It's Romney's convention; dropping his name every 4 minutes does nothing for me.  It's an election of philosophy.  Christie did his job and then some.
  • While Christie was inspiring, Ann Romney gets MVP from me.  What sunk the hook was her take on a storybook marriage.  She started off with a joke about rainy afternoons and five screaming boys in the house.  This is something most could relate to, and was good humor.  In the next sentence she brought up MS and breast cancer.  The silence was deafening.  In fifteen seconds she moved the audience to the extremes and personalized the campaign.  Inevitably the dogs of leftish feminism will be unleashed upon her (more so).
  • Most speakers didn't even refer to Obama.  They stuck to accomplishments and philosophy.  A very strong and wise course of action.
  • Last night inspired hope that we could actually win this thing.
  • Lot's of predictions regarding who the mystery speaker will be on Thursday evening.  My prediction: former Seal Team 6 member. The Republicans are trying to hammer down integrity, perseverance, self-determination, sacrifice, and hard work.  I can think of no better symbol.  Admittedly, this would be a long shot.

Change of Topic
I took a legit sick day yesterday.  In my DayQuil haze, I found that the History Channel was running a tribute to Neil Armstrong.  Watched "Moonshot", and various documentaries about the space program of the 60's.  What impressed me most was that the people running the Apollo operation were so young.  Gene Kranz was in his mid-30s, was responsible for a bunch of engineers in their 20s, and was making the right calls and solving problems under unimaginable duress.  He also came up with this gem:

"“From the day of our birth, we were meant for this time and place, and today, we will land an American on the Moon. Whatever happens here today, I will stand behind every decision you will make. We came into this room as a team and we will leave as a team”. Then I told my ground controller to lock the control room doors. “And from now on, no person will leave or enter this room until we have either landed, we have crashed, or we have aborted. Those are the only three outcomes from this time on”.”

(Taken from Twitter): "In 1969 the celebration of achievement in the USA was putting a man on the Moon.  In 2012 it's free contraception."

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Checking In

Reasons for sparse posting:
  1. Caught a nasty cold.
  2. House shopping.
  3. The Drozz family is about to increase in size by one.  First trimester down, two more to go. 
Will try to resume a more normal schedule by the end of the week.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Fantasy Football

Last weekend was my fantasy football draft for my friends league.  We've done a live draft for the past 6 years or so.  It's really the only time I get to see everyone en masse now that adulthood has firmly entrenched its meathooks and killed us all on the inside.  The hangover is epic.

About 4 years back, we switched over to an auction draft format.  Basically, we all start off with the same dollar amount.  We set a nomination order.  Whomever is up nominates a player, and if interested you join the auction and bid.

This option of drafting is far superior to the traditional "snake" draft.  Everyone has an equal shot at the higher profile players.  Further, the comic potential is endless: you can bid people up on players you don't even want, watching your idiot friends drink and lose complete control of their budget, etc.

It begs the question: what if Napoleon were running a fantasy football league?  There's hashtag potential here (#obamafantasyfootballcommish?), but listed below are several rules and outcomes I can foresee:
  1. Mandatory ownership of at least one Detroit Lion on every franchise.  The Commissioner (FOR LIFE) will choose which one you posses, and it won't be Stafford or Megatron.  Think Kevin Smith.
  2. League fees: assessed on "fairness".  Waivers for league fees will be chosen based on a very vague definition to be provided by the Commissioner at a later date. All fees end up being payed by two franchises.
  3. Draft will not take place in a "right to work" state.
  4. Moneys remaining in every franchise will be redistributed based on Commissioner designated need on a round by round basis.  So basically, when the Commissioner, in an uncontested bid, blows half of his draft money on Andy Dalton (needs that swing state vote), the playing field can be leveled again.
  5. Everyone can vote on league rules on the league website. The league website will have no logon verification procedures, because that will disenfranchise franchises.
  6. Successful franchises will be demonized into providing 10 years of draft returns.
  7. League champion will receive no money for winning, because the Commissioner blew the entry fees on a solar powered kegerator which remains unassembled.  Commissioner berates league champion.  Commissioner instills a "League Champion Monetary Penalty".

Not pictured: You.

Please leave any other rules/outcomes in the comments.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

We Got Ryan

Romney picked Ryan.   Some thoughts:
  • I wanted Ryan for President.  But I'm OK with this spot.  I'll just have to wait 8 years for Ryan's shot.
  • In Ryan, Romney has a guy who has clashed with the regime and has come out on top.  Ryan has exposed these petty, classless elitists for what they are by using simple math and sound economic theory.
  • What's more, Ryan is motivated.  Numerous times he has borne insults from the White House.
  • From 9-11 AM Saturday morning Twitter had some of the best snark.  Of course, Iowahawk wins tweeting "Paul Ryan represents Obama's most horrifying nightmare: math".  Iowahawk always wins.  A distant second was every comment in the "Bidendebatelines" hashtag.  A participation medal was awarded to @Barackobama, 'cause that's how he rolls.
  • I fully expect the infamous "Granny in a wheelchair over the cliff" spot to be updated to "Granny on dialysis on a gurney being napalmed, then launched out of a cannon into the sun".  Toward the end, Napoleon will transform into a griffin and will wield a flaming sword against the GOP lizard people.
  • I donated to the cause.
  • Kicking myself in the ass for not heading down to Manassas to see them in person.  Stupid adult things got in the way, but I could have put forth more of an effort.
More than anything, this pick gave me hope that Romney can succeed in his run for the presidency.  Ryan oozes competency, class, and intelligence.  He hunts, has a nice family, and is well respected from the center to the right.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Come Again?

“I said, I believe in American workers, I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back.  Now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs, not just in the auto industry, but in every industry."

Let's break this down...

"...I believe in American workers..."  - Union only.  Ask AC Delco nonunion members why.

"...I believe in American industry..." - As long as said industry hires union workers at locations of my choosing and is run as I see fit. 

"...and now the American auto industry has come roaring back.." - "Roaring" defined as GM losing the taxpayer billions and producing a product that only the US government will buy

"Now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs, not just in the auto industry, but in every industry." - We tried this in the green sector and it's been a massive success. Some may even say its "roaring".

Romney has been criticized as running a negative campaign to this point.  I don't see it that way.  If the media had stopped goose-stepping to the boy king and actually reported any downside to THE ONE's policies, maybe Romney wouldn't have to.

Last thought: Napoleon has just advocated communism.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Quote Juxtaposition

"Now the guy's got Paulie as a partner. Any problems, he goes to Paulie....Also, Paulie could do anything. Especially run up bills on the joint's credit. And why not? Nobody's gonna pay for it anyway. And as soon as the deliveries are made in the front door, you move the stuff out the back and sell it at a discount. You take a two hundred dollar case of booze and you sell it for a hundred. It doesn't matter. It's all profit. And then finally, when there's nothing left, when you can't borrow another buck from the bank or buy another case of booze, you bust the joint out. You light a match."
- Henry Hill, from Goodfellas

Maybe GM should be thinking of lighting a match right about now.

ed-I keep forgetting to remind everyone to link on over to BwD.  Dean's coverage of Milton Friedman has been exemplarary.  A million apologies.