15 April 2008

Ben Stein is an idiot!

...and he and his Expelled buddies are rediculous.

08 April 2008

Apparently in Illinois, it's OK to discriminate against Atheists.

As posted by Pharyngula the other day, an Illinois man was berated by a state representative over his atheistic beliefs while testifying before a state committee:

Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) interrupted atheist activist Rob Sherman during his testimony Wednesday afternoon before the House State Government Administration Committee in Springfield and told him, "What you have to spew and spread is extremely dangerous . . . it's dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists!

"This is the Land of Lincoln where people believe in God," Davis said. "Get out of that seat . . . You have no right to be here! We believe in something. You believe in destroying! You believe in destroying what this state was built upon."

What bothers me most about this story is the relative lack of national outcry. If Mr. Sherman we berated by Rep. Davis for Jewish faith, or for Muslim faith, people all over the country would be calling for her head. As it is, the outcry has mostly come from groups such as the Council for Secular Humanism. Why then is it more acceptable for her to treat an Atheist like this? A government agent treating someone this way is reprehensible no matter what the reason, especially at a public hearing. When the witness is being berated specifically for his religious beliefs, that is a clear violation of the first amendment, no matter what his beliefs happen to be, and the ONLY acceptable result is the removal of Rep. Davis from office, either by her resignation or by impeachment.

04 April 2008

Golden Bears tab Montgomery to lead hoops team

The Leader is reporting that Cal landed Mike Montgomery to coach their Men's BB team.  I remember being surprised when he left Stanfurd in the first place, and it figures that one of the most successful Pac-10 coaches in the last decade (and a guy who is very familiar with the area having coached at Stanford and Golden State) will be able to make a huge impact on a program with hopes of moving into the upper tier of their conference.

The most annoying voices in baseball?

Funny, the things you find yourself caring about.  Let me start off by saying that I'm a Giants fan.  I could care less about either the Cubs or the White Sox (aside from an intense dislike of A.J. Pierzinskclubhouskanzerski*).  However, I'm also a baseball addict, and the more games I get on TV (the Extra Innings package is not in the current financial cards), the happier I am, which makes me glad that my cable provider carries WGN.  An extra few games, even Cubs and White Sox games, a week means I get to watch more baseball, which means I'm a little less grumpy all the time.

* Many people don't realize that this is his full last name.  It's usually abbreviated so that it can fit on jerseys, box scores, hitman contracts from his pitching staff, and baseball cards.  No, I'm not still bitter about that trade at all, why do you ask?**

** Yes I definitely stole (did I say stole?  I meant borrowed) the Pozterisks idea from one of the finest bloggers on the interwebs, Joe Posnanski.

As I mentioned, I really don't care about either Chicago team, any more than I care about, say, the Florida Marlins, or the Minnesota Twins.  That being said, ever time I see a game listed on WGN I close my eyes, cross my fingers, tap my toes three times together, and wish to Aunty Em that it's a Cubs game.  Why?  Because from what I've seen, there is not a single more annoying set of commentators in all of sports than those in the employ of the White Sox ("put it on the boooooooaaaaaaaaard, YES!")***.  The Cubs' announcers are sometimes only marginally better, and from what I can tell the Yankees' guys are pretty bad too ("THEEEEEEEEEEE Yankees win!  THEEEEEEEEEEE Yankees win!").  For sheer homer-ness, for sheer annoying-ness, though, no one can match Ken Harrelson.  I don't know, maybe I've been spoiled by hearing Jon Miller call so many Giants games, but I don't think that's it entirely.  I mean, there are plenty of announcers around the league that aren't complete homers (you know, someone whose players can do no wrong, while even the best plays by the opponent barely get a comment).  Let's set aside the Giants announcers, Krukow and Kuiper (whom I think are very good), as I might be a little bit biased on them.  There are plenty of other announcers around that league that are good at providing well spoken, mostly-objective analysis (those employed by the A's, the Padre's, and as much as I hate to admit it, the Dodgers come to mind).  That's not even counting some of the legends that are still around (Vin Scully, Dave Niehaus, etc.).  

*** With, of course, the possible exception of Tim McCarver and whoever the Fox Propaganda Empire has paired him with.  Someone please inform Mr. McCarver that there are indeed teams located outside of NY/Boston/LA/St. Louis.  He seems unaware.

So, any White Sox fans out there?  Tell me what you think.  Do you LIKE having thses obnoxious homers calling your games?  Do you wish it were different?  I'm really curious.  I think that I would get really annoyed with them, but they aren't homers for my team, so it's hard for me to judge.

Welcome!

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WTF Moment of the Day

WTF moment of the day:  One of those Geico celebrity spokesperson commercials, but instead of some random quasi-famous person (The Pips?  Really?), they had a talking Mrs. Butterworth's bottle on the couch next to the "real Geico customer, not a paid celebrity".  Now, I'm not in the habit of ingesting anything more intoxicating than Humulus lupulus, and given that it was about noon (and I'm not generally in the habit of drinking alone, at least in the AM, so I'm pretty sure I was sober), I'm forced to conclude that some ad exec thought that there is a large population of stoners in the market for car insurance.  I'm just sayin'.