Archive for November, 2007

$4 Million Buys a Whole Lot of Crazy Talk

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

To wit:

I’ve never heard, and I hope I’ve never made, a statement about college football as outrageous, over-the-top and offensive as the one Nick Saban made at his weekly press conference/psychology lecture Monday.

Listen. These were his words. His exact words.

“Changes in history usually occur after some kind of catastrophic event,” Saban said. “It may be 9/11, which sort of changed the spirit of America relative to a catastrophic event. Pearl Harbor got us ready for World War II or whatever, and that was a catastrophic event.

“And I don’t think anyone in this room would’ve bet that we would lose back-to-back games to Mississippi State or ULM, no disrespect to either one of those teams.”

That’s right. The head football coach at Alabama included the lost lives in New York, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and Hawaii with the lost games against Mississippi State and Louisiana-Monroe in his very serious discussion of “catastrophic events.”

Yes, I’m sure that in the annals of history this year’s Alabama football season will be recorded among the events that changed the course of the world forever.

Never forget, never again? Remember the Alamo?

Oh no, my sons, my daughters, remember Bryant-Denny!

Let the name fall with pride from every lip that henceforth speaks it!

Let us not forget our soldiers fallen on the field of battle with Louisiana-Monroe (even though, unlike real soldiers, they usually get up to play the next down)!

Let us be as one in this time of tragedy, for if you cut us, do we not all bleed crimson?

Amen. Roll Tide!

Update: Heh.

End of the World 2008

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Have I missed out on some grand prophecy that the world is going to end sometime in 2008?

Judging by the number of Google hits for “end of world 2008” that I am receiving, I think the answer must be “yes.”

And this makes me nervous.

Not so much because the world is going to end (not a lot I can do about that really), but more that people are really concerned enough about the ever-failing power of prophecy to be Googling for information on it.

So, Googlers, you’ll find nothing about the end of the world in 2008 here on this site, because I’m not a sucker. However, there are plenty of links around here you could click and maybe find out more.

I predict that on January 1, 2009, the majority of us will still be here, excusing those who have died or been killed.

Because I have the power of prophecy, baby.

Update: Ah, it all seems tied to that Russian cult I wrote about earlier. Googling people, adding the words “Russian cult” to your search will help immensely.

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial – On the Web

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Just letting you know you can now watch “Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial” on the PBS site here, with some teacher’s notes on what each section contains.

Be careful!

Listening to the ID goons blather on with their ridiculous argumentation is apt to liquify your brain.

Nick Saban: The Alabama Years Year

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

I wonder where Nick Saban will coach after he gets fired from Alabama.

As Alabama receiver Matt Caddell walked off the Bryant-Denny Stadium turf for his last time as a player, the Tide senior saw one sight that will stick in his mind for the rest of his life:

The scoreboard: Louisiana-Monroe 21, Alabama 14.

“It’s kind of crazy,” Caddell said afterward, still in a daze. “I don’t know. It’s just real crazy.”

Wow, what a disaster.

I am one of those who thought Shula should have been given one more year to get the team into a consistent shape. Instead, they’ve had to effectively start over with Saban, and it shows. Painfully.

But, let us not forget, this is Alabama football:

“By winning next week, a lot of people will forget about this loss,” Tide senior cornerback Simeon Castille said. “So we just have to go back to work and get better.”

For Saban’s longevity as a coach at Alabama, he better hope he wins against Auburn next weekend.

Ah well, here’s hoping for a better season next year.

And Did You See How Short Her Burqa Was?

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Saudi Arabia demonstrates the many wondrous joys of Islamic law:

A court in Saudi Arabia increased the punishment for a gang-rape victim after her lawyer won an appeal of the sentence for the rapists, the lawyer told CNN.

The 19-year-old victim was sentenced last year to 90 lashes for meeting with an unrelated male, a former friend from whom she was retrieving photographs. The seven rapists, who abducted the pair and raped both, received sentences ranging from 10 months to five years in prison.

But, hey, that’s ok. I’m sure plenty of idiots like Dinesh D’Souza and his right-wing culture warriors think she had it coming, damn liberal hippie Saudi woman.

The left is responsible for 9/11 in the following ways. First, the cultural left has fostered a decadent American culture that angers and repulses traditional societies, especially those in the Islamic world, that are being overwhelmed with this culture. In addition, the left is waging an aggressive global campaign to undermine the traditional patriarchal family and to promote secular values in non-Western cultures.

Not only did she meet with an unrelated male, but – under the influence of the evil American left global media empire conglomerate – she wears the blame for 9/11 squarely on her well-hidden shoulders!

So, what’s the big deal?*

* Yes, that’s sarcasm.

You Say That Like It’s a Bad Thing

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Ah, behold, the power of the internet:

ATLANTA — Georgia police say the popular Web site Craigslist is making it much more difficult to make prostitution arrests, reports.

Well, good.

And the Geico Gecko Wept

Friday, November 16th, 2007

CNN reports that a whole lot of you probably do not belong behind the wheel of a vehicle:

Is it just your imagination, or do many of your fellow motorists lack even a rudimentary grasp of traffic laws?

Well, if a test administered by GMAC Insurance is any indication, one in six people cruising our highways and byways — roughly 36 million licensed drivers — would flunk their driver’s test if they had to take it today. Not only that, but based on the 2007 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test data the state with the most road-going dummies is New York, while the most knowledgeable ones are out West to Idaho.

Meanwhile, I’m a driving superstar! Oh yeah!

My Awesome National Driving Test Score

My highway pet peeves would include tailgaters (braking suddenly for them is always fun), people who have probably never looked up the word “yield” in a dictionary, people who think when the lights are out at an intersection they have the right of way all the time, and – I just added this one – the stupid woman in front of me yesterday who was on the cell phone and smoking with the same hand while passing me at over 70MPH.

You can check out the National Driving Test over here.


Friday, November 16th, 2007

Love her or hate her, Hillary Clinton had the line of the night in the Las Vegas Democratic debate:

The New York senator appeared to relish the challenge when she kicked off the battle with a wry observation. “This pantsuit, it’s asbestos tonight,” she told questioner Campbell Brown of CNN in her first comment.

Later, she added, “People are not attacking me because I’m a woman. They’re attacking me because I’m ahead.”

I don’t know that I’d ever vote for her (but we shall see, I’m open to anything with this year’s ho-hum offerings from each party), however it would be nice if Obama and Edwards would put more energy into telling us what they have to offer than just pointing at Hillary and shrieking with their fingers in the shape of a cross.

Don’t Wait Too Long

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

…before you go out and buy my friend Brennan’s album on iTunes.

The album is called “Terrible Arrow” and it’s available for just shy of a ten spot. Sure, sure, that could feed a starving child a bowl of rice for a year, but – honestly – don’t you think they’d get tired of rice after 365 days of it? I’d be all anglin’ for a bacon cheeseburger by day three.

However, what would be super cool (and earn you a spot in Heaven, no lie) is if you (a) bought the album (because God finds favor with Brennan and his brood), and (b) sponsored a child.

You might remember Brennan from an early 90s group, one that gained some college rock success (e.g. on my WVUA radio show), called The Sextants. If you missed out on that, you might remember my mentioning him and his former band in a couple of WWR posts.

Or perhaps you recall this post about meeting him and his family and then having to remember it all through a post-drunken haze.

Either way, it’s good stuff. Check it out.

And here’s his first video he’s put together, for the song “Waited Too Long.”

Yeah, it’s no “Patriot Act Woo” or “Monkey Attack,” but sometimes you have to listen to people with real and considerable talent instead.

Silly, Harmless Beliefs – An Unending Series

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

This time, from Mother Russia:

MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) — Members of a Russian doomsday cult barricaded themselves in a cave to wait out the end of the world as the cult’s leader underwent psychiatric exams Thursday, Russian media reported….

One of the children in the cave is 18 months old, reported Itar-Tass. Temperatures in the cave are below 54 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius), the Russian news agency reported.

The cult members have refused law enforcement requests to come out or release the children, and they have threatened to commit suicide if police resort to force, according to Russian state television.

But, fear not, Russian Orthodox church leaders know the solution to this problem:

“It is obviously some kind of insanity,” Mitropolitan Kirill, a high-ranking Russian Orthodox Church official, told Russian television. “It is perhaps even a medical case. A very dangerous phenomena is happening in Russia’s religious life.”

He added, “What we’re seeing in Penza right now is a most vivid example of what could happen to a country, to a society, if this society is deprived of proper religious education.”


Until “proper religious education” means teaching our children that these myths are exactly that, don’t be surprised when irrational beliefs enable the very weak-minded to do nutty things.