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Friday, September 30, 2011

Step into my time machine week 75... and mind the cargo...

...because I have a few things I'm going to add before we get to the main of things. 

First off I have some sad/exciting news.  We got a letter yesterday from Children International that the boy (I should say young man now) we sponsor is leaving the program.  He is old enough (turning 18 on the 28th of December) and has a job, so time constraints are keeping him from participating in other facets of the program.  So we say goodbye to Oscar Rafael Say Cumez...

(God, he was an 8-year old who weighed as much as my 4-year old daughter when we started sponsoring him!)

..and hello to Denilson Efrain Aguilar Sican!

Denilson is 10, born on December 29th ( the day after Oscar!).  Like Oscar, dear ol' dad is nowhere to be found, but mom at least is there, working as a maid.  Unlike Oscar, they have a cement floor, some electricity, and running water- none of which Oscar had at the beginning.  He has a younger sister, Sucely, and seems to be (relatively)better off than Oscar was at 8.

Next item: another twist on the scam e-mail thing.

Greetings,

I know you would be surprised to read from someone relatively unknown to you.My name is Captain Prieve Sullivan, I am an American soldier serving in the military with the U.S. ARMY USARPAC Medical Team,which was deployed to Iraq at the beginning of the war in Iraq.
I would like to share some highly personal classified information about my personal experience and role which I played in the pursuit of my career serving under the U.S 1st Armored which was at the fore-front of the war in Iraq.
Though, I would like to hold back certain information which i intend sharing with you for security reasons for now until i hear from you.I will be vivid and coherent in my next message in this regards,meanwhile, could you send me an email confirming that you have visited the site and that you have understood my intentions? I will like you to get back to me
I will await your thoughts via my email.
Thanks,
Yours
Capt. Prieve Sullivan USARPAC

Okay, first of all, pick a more common name than Prieve.  Second, why me, and why would I want your classified info?  Do I LOOK like Julian Ass ange to you?  Third, while it's nice of you to promise to be coherent, somehow I think this will be too great a challenge for you.  Thanks, but no thanks.

Now onto the show! This week, well, I don't know how we top all this, but stick around and see what happens.  Besides, we have a new top dog that I'm sure you'll want to meet.

Seven debuts come into the hot 100 this week, and they start with a favorite of mine- Burton Cummings of the Guess Who, Canada's greatest contribution to history (outside of military deeds), with a solo single, Stand Tall.  It comes in at 93.  At 89, the lovely and talented Yvonne Eliman with Love Me; in at 86 is the remnants of the 5th Dimension, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis with You Don't Have To Be A Star.  And so high up I almost missed it, at 48, Peter Frampton (who still has the week's #1 lp) with Do You Feel Like We Do.  Happy 35th birthday to all of you!  Other birthdays include Yes' Your Move and Chicago's Questions 67& 68 turning 40; Dandy by Herman's Hermits turning 45; Johnny Cash's I Walk The Line turning 55; and Tommy Edwards' classic It's All In The Game turning 60! Blow out the candles...

After peaking at 65 a couple weeks back, our old friend Popsicle Toes tumbles 21 spots to 90 this week for the biggest drop.  Our big gainer awaits in the top forty.

The nominations for the R&R HOF came out this week, which means (among other things) it's time to send me any nominations for the next class of the Martin Hall Of Fame.  You can find the previous, nay, founding class here, here, and here.  Here's what I think of this year's group of R&RHOF nominees:

Definites: Heart, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Spinners, War, Donovan.
Um, Maybe:  Donna Summer.
This is a Hall of Fame, isn't it?(i.e. first requirement- fame): Joan Jett, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Guns N Roses, the Cure, the Faces.
Not so fast, my friend: Eric B. and Rakim, Beastie Boys.
Who?: Laura Nyro, Freddy King.

Today we're in the 4s in the look at #1s of other years.  This week in 1994, Boyz II Men were #1 with I'll Make Love To You.  Not surprising, this; in a fearsome example of why I had abandoned pop music by this point, Boyz II Men had the #1 song 29 of the 43 weeks between Sept. 3rd of 1994 and June 24th of 1995, with only two or three other acts interspersed within.  Sorry guys- I know the Beatles, I've listened to the Beatles, and you are no Beatles.  In 1984 it was a slightly more palatable act at the top- Prince with Let's Go Crazy.  The aforementioned Spinners, along with Dionne Warwick, were on top in 1974 with Then Came You.  Roy Orbison was on top in '64 with Oh Pretty Woman.  And the top song this week in 1954 was the Rosemary Clooney version of a song from the musical The Pajama Game, Hey There.  A note for Laurie- this song was written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, who also wrote Hernando's Hideaway!  To everyone else, you'll have to google that one, we're over schedule.

At 49 this week is a recent visitor to Ft Wayne, Rick Springfield, with his song Take A Hand.  All the bio you could want is in his current bestseller autobiography, Late, Late At Night.  If that ain't enough, a documentary about the relationship over the years between he and his fans, An Affair Of The Heart: The Journey Of Rick Springfield And His Devoted Fans, had its first screening in Malibu this Monday past.  And if that still ain't enough, he's headlining a cruise with his pal Doug Davidson (Paul from the Young And The Restless) and his first band, Zoot (reuniting after 40 years).

What about this week's countdown, you say? Well, our top 40 debuts this week are 5:  at 40, up 3, are the Beach Boys with It's OK; at 39, leaping 13, are the Bee Gees with Love So Right;  at 36, up 8 is a song I have on a recent CD purchase, the Brothers Johnson (the BJs?  No, I don't think so...) with Get The Funk Outta Ma Face; at 35, up 7, is Firefall with You Are The Woman; and at 31, moving up 29 to take the prize as biggest mover- the Captain And Tenille with Muskrat Love.

One in the top ten, one out- the dropper being I'd Really Love To See You Tonight, from 10 to 17.

Earth, Wind, And Fire enter the top ten in the leadoff spot with the trumpet-driven Getaway.  Holding at 9 is Dr. Hook with A Little Bit More.  Dropping five to #8 is Wild Cherry's former top dog Play That Funky Music. Then comes five straight songs that move up one spot: at 7, Orleans and Still The One; at 6 Chicago and If You Leave Me Now; at 5, Cliff Richard and Devil Woman; at 4, Rick Dees and Disco Duck; and at 3, Walter Murphy and A 5th Of Beethoven.

That brings us to a six degrees feature on our #2 song, KC and the Sunshine Band, who slip a spot to 2 with Shake Your Booty.  The first successful songwriting effort for the dynamic pair of  Harry Casey and Robert Finch was a song called Where Is The Love, which was recorded by Betty Wright (who was best known for Clean Up Woman).  This is not the same as the song of the same name by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway; that tune was written by one Ralph McDonald, whose rather large list of songwriting accomplishments included Just The Two Of Us, for which Grover Washington's horn got top billing and Bill Withers' vocals got squat.  Bill, of course, had several hits of his own, including Ain't No Sunshine, which was on the lp Just As I Am.  I bring this up because their were a couple of notable names that played on this lp.  The guitarist was Stephen Stills; and the drummer was Jim Keltner, another one of those "I've been everywhere" guys.  His list of drum credits include songs from Gary Lewis and the Playboys' She's Just My Style to Dylan's Knocking On Heaven's Door, from Gary Wright's Dream Weaver to Steely Dan's Josie, in addition to being the drummer for the legendary Travelling Wilburys under the pseudonym Buster Sidebury.  So there you have it- KC and the Sunshine Band  to the Travelling Wilburys in however many steps that was.

And that just leaves us one more bit of business- the new #1 song this week!  May I present to you....

Boz Skaggs with Lowdown!!!

Whew, we're back!  See ya tomorrow for the sixties countdown, and be sure to float me some MHOF suggestions!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

You wanna know who's dumber? I'll tell you who's dumber!

I hope Bobby G. will forgive me for so blatantly plagiarising one of his links, but he just today posted a story so (forgive me) retarded, so abysmally stupid, that even I can scarcely believe that the mind that came up with this can possibly be called an expert on ANYTHING.  Please, read on:  (Courtesy, BTW, of the London Telegraph)

Dress witches in pink and avoid white paper to prevent racism in nuseries, expert says



Teachers should censor the toy box to replace witches' black hats with a pink ones and dress fairies in darker shades, according to a consultant who has issued advice to local authorities.


From the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz to Meg, the good witch from the Meg and Mog children's books, witches have always dressed in black.
But their traditional attire has now come in for criticism from equality experts who claim it could send a negative message to toddlers in nursery and lead to racism. (WTF??)
Instead, teachers should censor the toy box and replace the pointy black hat with a pink one, while dressing fairies, generally resplendent in pale pastels, in darker shades.


Another staple of the classroom - white paper - has also been questioned by Anne O'Connor, an early years consultant who advises local authorities on equality and diversity.
Children should be provided with paper other than white to drawn on and paints and crayons should come in "the full range of flesh tones", reflecting the diversity of the human race, according to the former teacher.
Finally, staff should be prepared to be economical with the truth when asked by pupils what their favourite colour is and, in the interests of good race relations, answer "black" or "brown".  (here again is that Liberal "let your truth be fluid" mindset that allows them to lie about damn near anything.)
The measures, outlined in a series of guides in Nursery World magazine, are aimed at avoiding racial bias in toddlers as young as two.
According to the guides, very young children may begin to express negative and discriminatory views about skin colour and appearance that nursery staff must help them "unlearn".
If children develop positive associations with dark colours, the greater the likelihood that the attitude will be generalised to people, it says.
The advice is based on an “anti-bias” approach to education which developed in the United States as part of multiculturalism. (yeah, sure, blame it on us!)

It challenges prejudices such as racism, sexism and ageism through the whole curriculum and teaches children about tolerance and respect and to critically analyse what they are taught and think.
Ms O'Connor, who has worked with Newham and Tower Hamlets councils and recently devised equality material for Lancashire council's childcare service, said the approach, based on an "anti-bias" model of education, developed children's empathy and helped early years teachers to explore their own conditioning and possible prejudices.






"This is an incredibly complex subject that can easily become simplified and inaccurately portrayed," she said. (Because only a simple minded idiot could come up with it!)



"There is a tendency in education to say 'here are normal people and here are different people and we have to be kind to those different people', whether it's race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or faith.
"People who are feeling defensive can say 'well there's nothing wrong with white paper', but in reality there could be if you don't see yourself reflected in the things around you. “As an early years teacher, the minute you start thinking, 'well actually, if I give everyone green paper, what happens’, you have a teaching potential. (and we all start being sympathetic to large, raging, gamma-spawned behemoths.)

“People might criticise this as political correctness gone mad. (MIGHT?? Do ya THINK??)But it is because of political correctness we have moved on enormously. If you think that we now take it for granted that our buildings and public highways are adapted so people in wheelchairs and with pushchairs can move around. Years ago if you were in a wheelchair, then tough luck. We have completely moved and we wouldn’t have done that without the equality movement.”


Margaret Morrissey, a spokeswoman for the Parents Outloud campaigning group disagrees. She said: “I’m sure these early years experts know their field but they seem to be obsessed about colour and determined to make everyone else obsessed about it too.
“Not allowing toy witches to wear black seems to me nonsense and in the same vein as those people who have a problem with 'Bar Bar Black Sheep’ or 'The Three Little Pigs’. (Not to mention how biased it might be against Wiccans.  How'bout it, witches and warlocks?  How do YOU feel about this??)
Children just see a sheep in a field, whether it be black, grey, white or beige. I have worked with children for 41 years and I don’t believe I have ever met a two year old who was in any way racist or prejudiced.”


However, recent research by Professor Lord Winston provides evidence that children as young as four can hold racist views. In an experiment carried out for the BBC’s Child of our Time series, children were presented with a series of images of faces of men, women, boys or girls. Only one of the faces in each sequence was white.
Children were asked to pick out the face of the person they wanted as their friend and the person they thought would be most likely to get in to trouble.
Almost all white children in the survey associated positive qualities exclusively with photographs of white children or adults. More than half of the black children made the same associations. (That's not prejudice- that's WATCHING THE NEWS.)


Okay, aside from the comments I've already strewn throughout the article, Here's some more thoughts.  If all this is true, how does Ms. O'Connor think white kids feel about toilet paper?   Should we be fed food coloring to avoid unpleasant associations between people of color and #2?  Ms. O'Connor, did you ever think that we use white paper so we can SEE WHAT WE'RE WRITING?  If we are supposed to be for diversity, why is it important for anyone to "see yourself reflected in the things around you"?
I have in fairness tried to find out a little more about Ms. O'Connor and her employers, but other than their claim that they are read by anybody with a nanny license in the UK, I learned precious little.  I'm a bit taken aback, as I assumed such a renowned expert for such an influential magazine would have something more out there about them besides their being read by every nanny in England.  Ah, but they do have easy- and unrelenting- access to their subscription site, which as we learned from AttackWatch.com is all a Liberal action site really requires.

And in fairness, I invite Ms. O'Connor and Nursery World to rebut, comment, or otherwise tell their side of the story.  I promise to publish without editing any comments they'd like to share with us.  How about it, Ms. O'Connor?  I'd dearly love to hear what your qualifications are.  Either post a comment, or e-mail me and I'll give you a respectful and highly trumpeted guest post!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

NHFFL week #3 and FCS week #4

Howdy, sports fans!  Let's get started with the NHFFL results this week, in which our three undefeated teams dwindled to two, and the Purple division went 5-1 against the Gold.  No 70+ point performances this week, but we did manage a pair of 50's.  The Rangers stayed undefeated with a 54-30 win over winless Buzz.  Another big Tom Brady day and a 15 point performance by Run DMC made most of the damage.  The B2s routed the Beagles 53-32, and Eli Manning's 15 and Wes Welker's 12 led their way as the only Gold team to win the years' first cross-division week.  Just missing were the Aguas, who blew out the Ducks 47-29.A close match until the late games, the Aguas got 15 from Mike Wallace and Tim Hightower in the late two games.

The KCAs got on the win column with a 43-29 win over the Clock BBQs, nearly doubling their season's point total.Switching to 2nd Kicker Jason Hanson (15 points) and 2 TDs from Ryan Mathews carried the weight in the father-son matchup that was close throughout the early Sunday games. The Angels ended the Elks undefeated run 30-21, with Pittsburgh's D breaking open a one-point game Sunday Night.  And in Newbie bowl #1, the Greenwoods topped the Chops 24-21, with a Ben Rothlesburger-led Porkchop rally falling just short.  Here are the week three standings:




Next week we go back to divisional play, with #1 Rangers facing the Beagles, #2 Aguas against the Greenwoods in Newbie bowl #2, #3 Elks playing the Ducks,  and KCAs/Angels, B2s/Chops, and Clock BBQs/Buzz.

In the FCS, my top 3 hold positions, with easy wins for #1 GA Southern (52-20 over Western Carolina) and #2 Wofford (38-23 over Samford), and #3 App State pulling out a close one against #12 Chattanooga 14-12.  GA SO gets a tough test against Elon next week, and is one of 7 teams who I matched places with this week's coaches poll ( the others being #3 App St, #4 Montana St, #8 James Madison, #10 William AND Mary - tied for tenth- #18 Sam Houston St, and #25 Sacremento St -also tied for the spot).  Wofford, 2 for me and tied for 6 on the coaches, faces off against #3 App St this weekend.  Montana St , fresh off a 36-21 pasting of defending champ (and current 0-4) Eastern Washington, play #25 Sacremento State, who squeak back in after embarrassing Montana 48-27.  Jacksonville State moves up to #5 after topping Eastern Illinois 28-21.  They get less love from the poll (13) and look to move up against a tough Murray St team.

 New Hampshire takes my 6 spot (poll #9) after their exciting 35-31 win over then #7 Richmond.  They get a cupcake game against Holy Cross this week; while Richmond ( 9 on mine and T-10 poll) get # 8 JMU, so a lot of things are going to get shook out this weekend!  If you read last night's post, you know what JMU did to W&M Saturday (which is more than I could say at the time), so W&M drop to 10 and get archrival -and struggling- Villanova, who just got their first win this weekend... I don't like where this is headed!

 Lehigh holds at 11 (14 poll) after downing then #15 Liberty 27-24.  They play Yale this weekend, the only undefeated Ivy League team, so we'll see if there's any point in following the Ivy League Saturday.  Chattanooga holds at 12, 17 coaches, and plays a much easier game against the Citadel this weekend.  North Dakota St (13/16) moved up after winning their Big Boy Game over Minnesota 37-24 and come back to conference play next time against Illinois St.  I really wanted to move Delaware up a little farther after a 27-17 win over then #22 ODU, they'll have a better shot Saturday against conference foe Maine.  Montana's loss dropped them to 15/16; they'll try to recover against Idaho St.

 South Carolina St enjoyed a 69-0 bashing of cupcake over Delaware St (this year's Valparaiso) and face Norfolk St next. Southern Illinois (who they like better than me at 17/12) limped past 0-4 Missouri St 20-18 and get state rival Western next weekend.  Sam Houston blew a big lead in the fourth quarter but won their BBG, 48-45 OT vs New Mexico; they get Texas San Antonio next.Holding at 19 is UMass after losing their BBG to Boston College 45-17; They'll take on the also-holding #22 ODU.  UMass is 20 on the coaches poll and ODU is back to "also receiving votes" along with my #20 Towson, #23 Liberty, and #24 Bethune-Cookman(who is technically in the "not receiving votes" category). 

Towson joins the fun after brushing their teeth with Colgate 42-17, but have a BBG against the Terps of Maryland this week.  Indiana St  (21/23) edges up after edging Youngstown St 37-35 and get South Dakota St next time.  Liberty tries to get back off the schnide against cupcake Kentucky Wesleyan; B-C took out a tough Hampton team 35-31 last Thursday and will likely take a whupping against BBG Miami FL.

Monday, September 26, 2011

May I have the attention of the following- the NFL, Morgan Freeman, CBSSports, ESPN, Yahoo sports, and BarackObama.com

Because I have some things to say to you.  First, let's hit up Roger Goodel and the NFL.  In case you haven't noticed, the quality of refereeing after three weeks is flat Awful.  Even the good crews have struggled, and they were led by the bunch that called the season's opening Thursday.  Perhaps if they weren't being distracted by A) trying to accomplish the NFL's moronic edict of removing every trace of celebration from the end zone; B) trying to cover for the Umpire, who has been moved for "safety reasons" and is now hopelessly out of position and a good deal less than useful; or C) trying to guess whether they will be called by the review booth who now "reviews" every scoring play-  or I should put that, reviews "every scoring play"- and let me just say who was the intelligence challenged individual who decided to take this out of the COACH'S hands, where it belongs?  It might work better if the booth was actually paying attention to the scoring play. Y'know, Mike Vick had a point about bitching that they never throw flags when he gets hit.  However, the reason isn't the NFL's more than obvious bias for quarterbacks named Manning and Brady- it's just that they BLOW this year.

Next, Morgan Freeman.  Sir, I do not want Obama out of the White House because he's black.  In fact, if you were less biased and more open, you'd see that probably 75% of Tea Partiers would LOVE to have Herman Cain in his place.  I want Barack Obama out because he is:

1) A Chicago mobster style politician;
2) A closet bigot and a fairly open Socialist;
3) A man with no idea what he is trying to accomplish;
4) A typical liberal elitist with their liquid definition of what is true and what isn't;
5) All of the above.  (Hint: take #5.)

Next, and speaking of Obama, I have now a collection of replies to my letters to AttackWatch.com- all of them involving me either sending them money, volunteering time, or putting a stylish magnetic sticker on my car.  Imagine that- a campaign fundraiser in the guise of a snitch-site!  I'd have NEVER expected THAT from a liberal political group!  I expressed my disappointment in them thusly (after the latest attempt to get money from me, citing that 11,000 of my Indiana neighbors have done so):

Dude, you really should LOOK at what I sent you. You've just gone a long way to proving that for liberals, politics is just a way to make money. I sent you the most dipshit complaints I felt like coming up with, and you're only response is to panhandle for "change you can use". I wouldn't give your cause bus fare outta town, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. No wonder the raccoons think Obama's a dick!



Now, and finally, the listing of sports sites.  I would like to know how your live scoreboards work- and I'll give you 3 examples of why I ask.

Saturday, I am keeping rapt attention on the FCS scores on CBSSports.com.  Now, over the years I have often written CBS about the quality of marijuana their scoreboard people smoke.  Thus I was not surprised that the game between JMU and William AND Mary had an anomaly.  The box score showed that JMU was up 10-0 at half, then W&M put up 10 in the third and 7 in the fourth to take the lead.  Just before time ran out, though, something funny happened- the 7 in the fourth quarter spontaneously added itself to the third quarter, disappearing from the fourth, while there was just a blank spot for JMU's fourth quarter, and a total score of 20-14 (which was a trick with W&M having 17 of those 14 in the third).  So with a sigh, I switched over to ESPN.com.  Their top of the page list had the 20-14 score as a final.  So I clicked on the box score, and when it came up, it was showing a 10-7 FINAL! (All together now, WTF?)  So I reversed back to the ESPN main page, which was now showing 10-7, but NOT final.  Back to CBS, where it was now posted as a 20-17 final!  After trying to learn what happened from news sources without any success, I returned to ESPN, which was now back to the 20-14 final, though the box score didn't add up and none of the scoring plays were posted.  Giving one last try, I went to Rivals.com- Yahoo's sports site- where they confirmed (or so I thought) the CBS 20-17 final.

Next morning, all three had the TRUE score of 20-14.  Not only did W&M not score 17 in the third quarter, or even 10 for that matter, but they didn't even get TO 14 until after JMU had them down 17-7.  So back to the original question.  Obviously either the all get the info from the same source (whose credibility really reflects well on their own), or they each crib off the other, and when one screws up, you get a train wreck.  Can it really be SO HARD to get this thing right?  Somewhere, sometime, someone is actually AT the game, I'm assuming, and their boss REALLY needs to get them to put down the Milwaukee's Best and pay attention.
And I almost forgot- CBS went above and beynd the call Sunday.  Their score crawler during the NFL games had at one point Matt Hasselbeck being 20-for-20 passing, a trick considering A) no one was trumpeting his historic performance; B) we'd already seen about three dropped balls and an INT by his team; and C) C'mon, it's Matt Hasselbeck!  They followed that about 20 minutes later with another QB, I think Andy Dalton going 12-for-10.  Quite a trick, to throw ten passes and complete twelve of them, but I'll bet Hasselbeck could do it.

Oh, and here's one for the Henry for Mayor people.  I think I've got enough "How can we trust Paula Hughes" flyers to get your point, even if I just throw them away.  You can beat the next dead horse for a while now.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Signs... or not signs

When I turned on the radio prior to the sermon I was going to listen to, another preacher was finishing up and mentioned natural disasters as "signs" from God.  Now I know we've all heard this or that was a sign from God.  9-11 was a sign to America.  Katrina was a sign to New Orleans.  Even the Prime Minister of Japan mentioned that their disaster was a sign, that they had gone too far down the path of worshipping mammon or whatever.  But were they?
My opinion is that MOST natural disasters are a sign, if the people affected believe it is and believe they needed one.  Kind of in the way that Jesus said of John the Baptist in Matt. 11, " And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.  He who has ears, let him hear!"  But as far as, did God cause, say, Katrina to hit an unmoving target because of its sinfulness? Let's reflect on this.

It seems tome that man's logic can take you two directions here.  The first says that God is the cause of everything, and if it happened to you, there was a reason.  Which may be true, but to think the only reasons are your sinfulness is to make the same mistakes as Job's three "friends"  who said he HAD to have sinned because look at the mess he was in!  The other side says that God made the world, but man corrupted it, and whatever happens is a result of man's fallen state and God just helps dig us out when it's over.  Again, this is too simplistic by far; in that same book of Job, Elihu describes some of the many reasons God CAUSES- not "allows", causes- the storm: for correction, or for His land (to provide nature with its needs), or for mercy (Job 37:13).  God does cause things, and He does have His reasons, and sometimes He allows it to correct you- and sometimes He does it to heal you, put you on a righter path, or to give you opportunity to serve- and sometimes He does it just because it is the natural course of the world He made.

So are all signs subjective? There is a whole lost of difference between the day to day, and God's clear signs.  Take a look at Matt. 24.  Jesus describes false teachers, earthquakes, and wars and rumors thereof.  As well as famines and diseases.  But those are not the signs of God's wrath.  In v 9, Jesus says the critical word- "Then..."  And when "then" occurs, it becomes a spiritual trial, with persecutions, lawlessness, and the rising of the true enemy.

Now look at the parallel to this in Revelations 8-11.  The first four trumpets blew, and hail fell, nature was decimated, and a pall from the falling of what would seem to be meteors descended.  But then 8:13- "And  looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!"  This tells us you are about to see the differentiation between the run of the mill disaster and God's wrath.  And the the thing that separates them, is that there is no way to explain them except in the realm of the supernatural.  The 5th horn brings the super-locusts of Abbaddon the Destroyer; the sixth brings  a seemingly nuclear war with a demonically led 200 million-man army; and the seventh, the last thing the remaining people on the earth want to see- the opening of heaven.

As for myself, I'd love to sit here and expound all day on my theories of what happens next. But it misses my point. I have a hard time with preachers that say this or that is a sign.  The world has turned many times and will turn many times more.  And yes, the current world and its evils, its secularism, it sucks; but there's no sure sign telling us it CANNOT change.  Nineveh repented, once. BUUUUT... the point is this- there are signs from God.  Some of them are basically personal, if you have ears to hear.  Some of them will be so big, so supernatural, that even those who turn their whole hearts against God won't be able to deny them.  (So, I guess as long as we have atheists, we still have time.)  But the biggest sign from God?  Jesus told us that one:

 “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here." 

In other words, Jesus is the only sign to concern ourselves with.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

KHL update

Well, nobody is dominating after 2 weeks of play.  Dynamo Moscow holds the overall lead with 12 pts on a 4-2 record.  This came from a 3-0 record this week: a 2-1 over crosstown rival Spartak; a 6-3 rout of Barys on Janne Jaasvaara's hat trick; and 2-0 over the team I'm following in lieu of Lokomotiv, Automobilst Yekatarinburg.  They hold a 1 point lead over somewhat surprising Dinamo Minsk.  SKA St. Petersburg are 3 back in the points, but the unbalanced schedule has them only playing 3 games so far: last week's 2 wins and a 4-1 win over Lev Poprad, and thus they are 3-0.  Lev, playing their first KHL season, have only one point- an OT loss- to show for their first 5 games.

In the East, Avangard Omsk and Salavat Yulaev head the struggling pack at 11 points.  Both of these teams were stunned this week by Sibir Novosibirsk- Omsk falling 2-0 to the worst goalie (statistically) in the league, Austrian Bernd Bruckler; and Salavat in a 5-4 shootout won on a goal by Vladimir Tarasenko.  But this morning (our time) it was Sibir's turn, losing 4-1 to Neftekhimik.  Surprisingly trailing the two favorites is the "other Metallurg"- the team from Novokutensk, with 10 points after shocking Ak Bars 4-3 on Saturday.  Ak Bars had been rolling, handing Magnitogorsk a 4-2 loss and edging Yekatarinburg 2-1 before the weekend loss.  Yekatarinburg dropped to 1-3 despite the great play of goalie Evgeny Lobanov, who kept his team in both games despite being outshot 33-18 by Ak Bars and 32-19 by Dynamo. 

Speaking of goalies, I noticed in my perusal of the stats page the name of Georgy Gelashvilli.  Georgy was the goalie for Lokomotiv the first 2 KHL seasons, and was mysteriously (to me) the scapegoat for the two championship losses.  He's now with Magnitogorsk and is 5th in save percentage, with a 3-1 record and 1.99 GA ave.  More important, he's still alive.

And with that observation, here's the latest on the crash, courtesy the Moscow Times:
Something prevented the engines of the Yak-42 jet that crashed in Yaroslavl this month from reaching full power for takeoff, the Interstate Aviation Committee reported on its web site Saturday.

The plane's three engines failed to switch into takeoff mode because of an "additional deceleration force," the agency said, citing preliminary data from the flight recorders.
 The Yak-42 only managed to lift off 400 meters from the end of the runway, and only reached an altitude of 5 to 6 meters, it said.

The jet hit a navigational beacon and crashed into the ground, breaking apart and bursting into flames, earlier reports said.
The aviation agency did not specify what caused the deceleration force, but its statement lends weight to the theory reported by media that the pilots might have forgotten to switch off the parking brake.
The agency is analyzing what remains of the jet's braking system, and the Gromov Flight Research Institute in the Moscow region town of Zhukovsky is preparing a simulation of the crash using a similar plane, the statement said, without elaborating.

Could it possibly have been that simple- or stupid?  Or did the brakes just stick on without warning?  I really hope they find it was an equipment failure, and not this calamitous an error.  And the human tragedy of this story is far greater than the US media has reported:


A sad twist in the Yak-42 tragedy reveals that one of Lokomotiv players who died in the crash was anonymously giving money to sick kids, and the last half-million ruble payment was transferred to a young cancer patient minutes before the take-off.

It was several days ago that the parents of 16-year-old Diana Ibragimova from Voronezh learned the real name of the man who saved their daughter’s life. Ivan Tkachenko, captain of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey club, was sending big sums of money to Voronezh without disclosing his name or expecting any gratitude at all, Lifenews online tabloid reports.
Diana’s mother burst into tears when she learned Ivan had died in a horrible accident. It took her a long time to understand that the man she knew nothing about, just that his name was Ivan, was in fact Ivan Tkachenko, captain of the famous Lokomotiv hockey club.
The hockey player’s secret was disclosed thanks to a well-known Russian blogger, Varfolomeev. In one of his latest posts he wrote that the athlete had regularly been transferring large sums of money to sick children. Diana was one of the several lucky children whom Ivan had patronized.
Ivan transferred money to Diana’s family twice, and both times he asked that his name not be indicated under any circumstances.
“We did not even know who our daughter’s benefactor was, just his first name,” cried Elena, Diana’s mother. “We received 500,000-ruble transfers twice; they both came from an unknown Ivan. I thought he might be a successful businessman and could not imagine he was one of the best-known Russian hockey players. Such a young man!” exclaims Elena.
After the family received the second transfer, they wrote a letter to Ivan, but they never received an answer. Neither Diana nor her mother knew that just minutes after sending the money, Ivan Tkachenko died in a horrific plane crash not far from the city of Yaroslavl.
The modest young hockey player did not like to talk about his philanthropy. Only his closest friends knew that Ivan helped children who were diagnosed with terrible diseases.

His relatives say Ivan always rushed to help when he saw a child needed his assistance.

The great sixties countdown week 9

All right, we're going to try blueberry juice (in lieu of a banana) and get rolling on the latest installment of my favorite songs of the decade of my childhood.

140- Carrie-Anne, the Hollies.  Gotta love Graham Nash.

139- Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In, the 5th Dimension.  The ultimate hippie song, even if you're not into the astrology end of it.  I'll tell you an embarrassing story here.  You may or may not know that I was the baby of my family- by 10 years.  My closest sibling in age was a sister that not only exposed me to all this good music, but taught me the basics of being  a smartass.  Being that much older, she always had me at a disadvantage (and sometimes still does).  For instance the day I was singing this song and she changed the words to "the age of a-queery-Chris".  I've always took comfort in that karma evened us up when she got married to Joe.;)

138- When I Grow Up To Be A Man, the Beach Boys.  The verse that catches me is the pleading, "Will I love my wife/ the rest of my life?"  Me and Brian both blew that one.

137- Go Now, the Moody Blues.  There's not many things I don't love about the Moodies.  Or this song- the pounding piano, the rich background vocals, the rushed lead that gives you a chance to catch your breath at, "We've already said..."




136- Unchained Melody, the Righteous Brothers.  Many of you knew this song from its revival in Ghost.  Some of us remember its first run.  Another great Phil Spector wall-of-sound production, especially the strings at the very end.

135- Message To Michael, Dionne Warwick.  As I've said before, Dionne was one of my girls from an early age.

134- Yes I'm Ready, Barbara Mason.  We used to have this 45, and I loved it when KC (of the Sunshine Band) and Terri DiSario redid it in the 80's.  Love the soaring strings!  She was 17 when she wrote and recorded this.



133- Johnny Angel, Shelley Fabres.  I never could watch Coach without this song playing in the back of my mind.

132- Hello, Mary Lou, Rick Nelson.  I loved anything by Rick- except Lonesome Town.  If there was ever a song to encourage suicide back then, that was it (Not saying I didn't like it- I just couldn't handle LISTENING to it).  Thank God most of his stuff was more upbeat.

131- Dock Of The Bay, Otis Redding.   I don't think any song ever captured the isolation of its own lyrics like this one.  A classic even if he hadn't had to die to push it to #1.

130- Denise, Randy and the Rainbows.  Another one from my doo-wop CD.  Don't you love when music was innocent and corny was okay?

129- Save It For Me, the Four Seasons.  This one was buried deep in my subconscious until I got that Gold Vault of Hits lp at the rummage sale.  Frankie's vocals on the fade-out do it for me.

128- Navy Blue, Diane Renay.  Perhaps the dumbest song I ever loved.  Can't help it, I fell in love with the vocals, not the lyrics.

127- The End Of The World, Skeeter Davis.  A song you can't help singing along with.

126- Penny Lane, the Beatles.  We've started the turn into the homestretch for me with these last two songs.  There was always something about 1966-67 Beatles for me.  Glad I didn't know what "four of fish and finger pie in summer" was back then.

125- In My Room, the Beach Boys.  Practically the theme song for unpopular guys like me in the teenage years- kind of my version of At Seventeen.  One of my favorite high school teacher's favorite song.

124- Can't Find The Time, Orpheus.  A gem I found in route to looking for other things, and a cult classic. Can't help but tear up anytime I play it.



123- Don't Worry Baby, the Beach Boys.  First remember BJ Thomas' version, then heard the original on Endless Summer.  My all time favorite headphone song.

122- Wear Your Love Like Heaven, Donovan.  This was the music to a commercial for a perfume called Love's Baby Soft, and I fell in love with the girl in the ad.  Took me years to finally track it down (and a copy of Joel Whitburn's Billboard book).

121- Rhythm Of The Rain, the Cascades.  Another one of those you can't help but sing along to.  I love when he pleads with the rain, does that seem fair?

Well here we are at the end again, and you can see that it isn't just mainstream hits that will weave their way into the upper reaches.  So until next time, here's one of those off the beaten path tunes.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Step into my time machine week 74

We're going to swing back a little farther than usual here at the beginning of the show.  It's 1966, I'm four years old.  How does my day start?  I begin to wake up hearing the morning get together of my dad and his two brothers for coffee before they pile in the car of whoever's week it was to drive, and head off to work- my dad and uncle Dick to International Harvester, Uncle Len to the Falstaff brewery.  Mom settles in to read her prayer book for a half-hour or so.  I emerge as the TV comes on to the last half of Wayne Rothgeb's farm show (hopefully to root for my sister's school, Woodlan, in the FFA quiz).  The a half-hour of cartoons with Engineer John before Captain Kangaroo, and...
Wait a minute.  Who is Engineer John?
He was John Seimer, a pioneer on WKJG-TV who pulled on his gray bibs every weekday morning, climbed aboard his cardboard train , and played cartoons.  I bet every one of you had an "Engineer John" in your town.  Mine passed away Sunday at the age of 89.

John hosted the local show from 1953 to 1971.  So for ten years, if I was up, I was there.  He has been sorely missed all these years; now he will be missed worse.

This week on Time Machine:  a new top dog; who hit #1 with Crying In The Chapel (and it wasn't Elvis!); more video evidence that local djs of the era needed to be whupped; Taco's real name (remember Putting On The Ritz?); the Reverend Patrick Henderson (?); the act who fans have been waiting for a second album from for almost forty years; and the connection between the Cowsills and Tommy Tutone.  Let's get this engine rolling, John!

Thirteen songs debut this week, and I know that there's probably a couple I won't mention we'll hear from later.  But today, I'll mention four of them.  Debuting at 96 is Bachman Turner Overdrive with a rockin' number called Gimme Your Money Please.  Alice Cooper comes in at 94 with arguably the best song he ever did, I Never Cry.  Another one you might not be familiar with- but should be- is the first stateside single for Australia's highly underrated Little River Band, It's A Long Way There, which debuts at 76.  And all the way up at 60 is the Captain (who'll get another mention later) and Tenille with Muskrat Love.  I had thought this was an original by America from their album Hat Trick in 1973, but the original was actually done by the composer, a now-cult figure named Willis Alan Ramsey, who made a great impression in Texas music history with his self titled debut (on which the song was called Muskrat Candlelight) in 1972.  He had some legal wranglings with his record label, the upshot of which is that, despite his regional popularity, he has never released a second album. 

All those guys celebrate there 35th birthday on the chart.  Reaching forty this week are Cat Stevens' Peace train, and the redoubtable Delaney and Bonnie with Only You Know And I Know.  Also, Tommy Roe's Hooray For Hazel hits 45 this week, and Dion's Runaround Sue turns fifty. Blow out the candles...

The Beatles chalk up another "honor", as Got To Get You Into My Life is the big dropper this week ( falling 28 to #61).  The Bee Gees are the big mover, climbing 27 to #52 with Love So Right.

Our look back at the #1s of other years is in the 3s this week.  In 1993, Mariah Carey held the top spot with Dreamlover (presumably not a Bobby Darin remake).  In 1983 it was Putting On The Ritz by Taco (real first name? Taco).  Grand Funk Railroad, still one of the coolest band names of all time, ruled 1973 this week with We're An American Band.  In 1963 the top dog is a song you'll be hearing MUCH later on the Saturday sixties countdown- Bobby Vinton's Blue Velvet.  Now 1953 isn't such a clear story.  On Cashbox, the #1 was Crying In The Chapel.  The trouble here is the lovely early Cashbox policy of combining all versions of the same song as a single entry.  And there were four competing versions at the time (none of them Elvis' which came out in 1960).  One belonged to Darrel Glenn, whose father Artie wrote the song for him when he was in a high school band; it hit #4 by Billboard.  The other main competitor was June Valli who had hers up to #6 on BB.  So what did BB have at the top? Well at the time, BB did three separate charts- the best seller; most played on jukeboxes; and most played by DJs.  Of course, djs being a difficult lot (Grrrrr.....), they had the Ames Brothers' You You You at the top,; And where the people had the choice, both charts were topped by Les Paul and Mary Ford's Via Con Dios.  We're all about options here at time machine!

One thing you don't get an option on is the #1 album this week- still Frampton Comes Alive!

Our #49 this week is Rock 'N Roll Music by the Beach Boys, and thus the Boys are our Where Are They Now victims du jour.  First, let's run down the six main members of the classic Beach Boys.
Brian Wilson is amazingly still out and about.  Just 2 years ago, at the request of the George Gershwin estate, he did a retrospective  Brian Wilson Re-Imagines Gershwin that received critical acclaim (better late than never, eh?). And producer Bill Pohlad and TV screenwriter John Wells are currently working on a "life and times" feature on him.
Dennis Wilson was the first of the Boys to pass on, proving that drinking and diving don't mix in late December back in '83.
Carl Wilson toured through his final illness in 1997, though he was on O2 after every song and sat down save for his solo on God Only Knows.  He died of lung and brain cancer in February of 1998.
Mike Love currently lead the touring Beach Boys, who still do 170 shows a year.  Among those with him in the group is John Cowsill, who not only does Carl's parts and drums, but was the drummer both for his family band- the Cowsills-and for Tommy Tutone on their big hit 867-5309/Jenny.
Bruce Johnston, also known for writing I Write The Songs and the background arrangement for Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me, is also in touring Beach Boys.
Al Jardine first formed his own band called Beach Boys and Friends, which included his sons Matt, and Adam, Brian's daughters Wendy and Carnie, the mentioned in an earlier post Billy Hinsche, and Daryl Dragon, otherwise known as the Captain (who had been a member of touring Beach Boys a long time ago).  This band had to cease and desist when Mike and Carl's estate sued over the name in 2007.  He now tours with the Endless Summer Band and has released a critically acclaimed lp of his own in June of last year.  It was called A Postcard From California and had as guest musicians Neil Young, Steve Miller, the surviving members of America and others.
The Boys en masse are the subject of swirling rumours about their upcoming 50th anniversary.  The rumors run the gamut from a one night show to a new lp to a reunion tour that may include both Brian and early member David Marks. Or they make just issue a press release, who knows.  Apparently they have practiced a time or to together, to which Brian said, "Not bad singing for a seventy year old man!"  How's that for perspective?

Five songs debut this week. The first I'm going to share with you because I'd never heard it before last night and my reaction was, WHY OH WHY did my local DJs fail me?  It's Called Did You Boogie With Your Baby, and it's by Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids.




This song moves up from 45 to 39.  Coming in at 37, up 19, is Gordon Lightfoot's The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald.  Another one I didn't know (and didn't exactly flip over) was Diana Ross at 36, up 6, with One Love In My Lifetime.  Up 15 to #32 is Blue Oyster Cult's classic Don't Fear The Reaper.  And the high debut, shooting from 44 to 29, is ABBA with Fernando.  Damn, I'm hitting backspace a lot- time for a banana!

Odds and ends time:  A shout out to almost but not quites- Summer by War, which peaks at 15 last week here and drops to 17 this week, though it placed #7 on BB's hot 100, 4 on their R&B, and #1 on easy listening.  And to Jefferson Starship's With Your Love, which stalls here at13.  Also, Seals and Crofts now sit the grandpa chair with Get Closer at 25 weeks; and the lone dropper from the top ten is You Should Be Dancing, from 6 to 19.

Our six degrees victim this week is the #10 song, (down from 4, and the banana didn't work) I'd Really Love To See You Tonight (in fact, I think it made it worse!) . This song, along with the title cut from the lp Nights Are Forever, was written by one Parker McGee, who there's precious little info about out there.  What I did learn is among his credits is the #16 hit American Music By the Pointer Sisters, from  their album So Exited! (and you know what else was on THAT album!).  In perusing the track list of that album, I noticed a tune called Heart Beat, who had among its co-writers the Antichrist, Michael Bolton, and one Rev. Patrick Henderson.  The good Reverend was (not surprisingly) a Gospel musician, who allegedly appeared on several Michael McDonald lps and McDonald-era Doobie Brothers recordings.  I only found him credited on the Doobies' One Step Closer, though, where he played keyboards on the top 5 Real Love and a couple other tunes.

The rest of the top ten stacks up like this:  Dr. Hook moves one to #9 with A Little Bit More; moving into the top 10 at #8, up 3, is Orleans' Still The One; up 2 to #7 is Chicago with If You Leave Me Now; Cliff Richards moves up a spot to #6 with Devil Woman;  Rick Dees is at #5 up from 8, with Disco Duck; up one to #4 is Walter Murphy's A Fifth Of Beethoven; last week's top dog, Wild Cherry's Play That Funky Music drops to #3; Boz Skaggs moves up to the runner up spot with Lowdown; and that leaves us with our new top dog...


KC and the Sunshine Band with Shake Your Booty!!!

That's a wrap for this week, kids.  Be sure to be here bright and early tomorrow for my favorite moment of the week, the great sixties countdown!  Until then....

(PS: Despite about a million backspaces, spellcheck still caught me 8 times! Not to mention the three I just fixed on proofread. Next time I'll eat the banana before I start!)

Chris' take on the GOP debate, round II (for me)

Yeah, I watched the debate on Fox.  It's usually pretty good entertainment, and I'd really like to have a good idea of who to vote for other than ABO.

So here's how I graded out this time around.


9. Gary Johnson.  The newbie was very nervous, not real clear, didn't contribute anything of real note other than a jab at his neighbors' dogs, and isn't Ron Paul all the libertarian we really need?  Grade: D+

8.  Michelle Bachman.  I know some of you are saying, "Oh, he must not want a woman president".  Let me assure you, I watched every episode of Commander In Chief with Geena Davis, and I would've gladly voted Christine Todd Whitman over Carter or Mondale.  I just listen to her and see a little Michelle in her brain flipping through index cards trying to find the appropriate one to read.  And the HPV shot thing is a well-beaten dead horse. Grade: C-


7. Rick Perry.  For me, he slips a bit in each succeeding debate; and while I know they keep fueling Perry/Romney stand up bits for the ratings, the simple truth is that Romney owns him almost every time.  Tonight, the battles weren't kind to him, and the last one left him looking confused and tongue tied.  Definitely hurt himself the worst.  Especially when he was directly asked by the moderator for details on his jobs plan since he was the only one who didn't have a specific plan on the table, and he basically said, "I'll tell you later" in a half-sentence on the way to answering a question nobody asked..  I said to Laurie, "A swing and a miss!" Grade: D

6. John Huntsman.  He neither hurt or helped himself, but a lot of people stepped up their game and he didn't.  He should wear a t-shirt that says, "I served four times in foreign posts for my country" so he doesn't have to keep reminding us.  He's a very intelligent man; I just sometimes get the notion that he appreciates that fact more than anyone else. Grade C+

5. Newt Gingerich.  If the last question was any indication, he'll be the #1 contender for VP.  And frankly, that's not a bad thing.  Really successful in an elder statesman sort of way.  Grade: B-

4. Ron Paul.  He definitely helped himself tonight.  It didn't hurt that Johnson made him sound more mainstream.  He was able to weave his similarities to the others with his more extreme ideas a lot better tonight, and may have positioned himself to outlast all the other "second tier" players save Cain.  Grade: C

3. Rick Santorum.  About a third of the way in, he began finally to assert himself.  At the beginning, I told Laurie, "He could light his tie on fire and no one would notice him. " Then he got into a big tilt with Huntsman over whether to pull the troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan (he wanting to "fight to win", while Huntsman said "we all want the boys to come home"), and it seemed to charge him up. He also had a good performance on the thorny "don't ask, don't tell" subject by saying that the Army isn't there for having sex in, it's for fighting, and the whole topic is irrelevant compared to the stuff we should be worried about. A vastly better performance than the last one I watched.  Grade: B-

2. Herman Cain.  I actually liked what he said the best, and I think he really is putting himself into the thick of things in these debates.  He's intelligent, articulate, with good ideas, and he drips class.  I found myself clapping for his answers three separate times, to zero for the others.  My one reservation is that he's not really been bloodied in any of the one-on-one battles, and I'd like to see if he handles them as well as Romney and Santorum did tonight. Grade: A+

1. Mitt Romney.  I have to put him up at the top for one simple reason- he's getting lots of face time against his perceived main rival (Perry) and he's not only winning, but widening the gap.  Watch any of the one on ones with Perry, and tell me who you'd rather see 3 AM with someone arming nukes and aiming them at us.  Grade: A.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Scrappy's choice

Try to make this quick, as I'm fading fast, but since the Reds can't get one last man out, I guess I have time.

First, I should tell you the deer story.  This weekend, we took one of our normal walks down the new trail through the woods.  Suddenly, two deer ran across no more than 50 feet in front of us.  As per usual, Scrappy had to sit dumfounded for a few seconds- which is fine, because I figure the less we chase them, the more we see them.  Little did I know...
That night it was closing on 1 AM and the two of us went out for his last nightly trip.  Now the porch is all fenced in, so he can only smell and not see what goes on beyond.  But apparently he couldn't smell what I saw.  At the edge of the woods on the property line are three pines in a row on complex property.  Underneath one of them I saw eyes.  As I continued to watch (and be watched), I realized that one of the deer was lying down beneath the tree!  This was a new one on me, and Scrappy was oblivious- even as I talked to our reclining friend.  Soon, she stood up- and THEN Scrappy caught her scent.  She glided into the trees, and we went to bed.
Not the end of it.  For all his bluster, detecting animals upsets Mr. Drama Queen.  Ten minutes of "But daddy, it was a deer" later, I had just got him calmed down when he erupted again.  Sure enough, two more deer stood grazing at the tree line.  I'm beginning to think that they are spies from BarackObama.com.  After all, both groups have a common enemy in the NRA and environmental developers.  Which would be a nice seque into my last story, but I've got something else to share first.

We took a Scrappy's choice walk tonight.  This is when I let him do the leading and see where we end up.  Not always a good idea, I assure you.  Anyway, we were up on the river end of the greenway trail and he chose a path we rarely take, possibly because itg usually looks like this:


Yeah, Rainbow, we've gotten a lot more rain than you guys, especially lately.  But anyhow, we found another orphaned golf ball (we now have given thirty-one such balls a home this summer), and worked our way around to one of the old canal feeders.

Amazing to find such peaceful little patches in this world of ours. Just tranquil, and reminds you that not all is man's madness.
So we go on, and I found this odd little plant.

Researcher Laurie learned that this is called White Baneberry, and those berries are quite poisonous.  Well, if I ever just want to disappear into the woods and end it all, I know what to look for.  Just sayin'.
Scrappy leading is a lot like trailing a drunk.  Weaving in and out, getting wrapped up, occasionally going around with a bush stuck up one's butt.


I mean, not just anyone can look good with his head in a hole...


Ahh, I bet you were thinking... but no, I meant gopher holes.

And now to that other story, one I could NOT just let lie.

Climate-gate, Himalaya-gate, and now … Atlas-gate?

Publishers of the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World scrambled Tuesday to correct a controversial statement that Greenland had lost 15 percent of its permanent ice cover over the last 12 years -- an assertion scientists labeled "incorrect and misleading."


The claim came in a HarperCollins press release on the publication of the 13th edition of the atlas, stating that global warming was "turning Greenland 'green.'" The gradual melting was also depicted in the atlas itself, as cartographers carved out huge chunks of ice to reflect the apparent results of a warming planet.
That was a mistake, scientists say.


Poul Christoffersen, a glaciologist at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, said the 15 percent decrease in permanent ice cited "is both incorrect and misleading." He believes the actual number is closer to 0.1 percent.
“It is regrettable that the claimed drastic reduction in the extent of ice in Greenland has created headline news around the world,” Christoffersen said. “There is to our knowledge no support for this claim in the published scientific literature.”






HarperCollins on Monday tried to justify its position. “We are the best there is. We are confident of the data we have used and of the cartography,” a company spokesman explained to the Guardian. “We use data supplied by the U.S. Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Col. They use radar techniques to measure the permanent ice. We have compared the extent of the ice surface in 1999 with that of 2011. Our data shows that it has reduced by 15 percent. That's categorical.”
But with mounting pressure from the scientific community, the publisher took an about-face one day later, retreating from earlier claims and admitting the company may have been “misleading with regard to the Greenland statistics.”
"The conclusion that was drawn from this, that 15 percent of Greenland's once permanent ice cover has melted away, was highlighted in the press release, not in the Atlas itself,” HarpersCollins said in a statement. "This was done without consulting the scientific community and was incorrect. We apologize for this and will seek the advice of scientists on any future public statements."

And that makes up for lying?  Not so fast, my friend!

Maintaining the accuracy of the new maps though, may not be enough. When comparing the maps to recent satellite images Christofferson and his team found “numerous glaciers and permanent ice cover where the new Times Atlas shows ice-free conditions and the emergence of new lands.”
"In the aftermath of 'Himalayagate,' we glaciologists are hypersensitive to egregious errors in supposedly authoritative sources," Graham Cogley of Trent University in Canada told the BBC, referring to a debunked claim that the world’s glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035.


You remember this, don't you?  It seemed "scientists" with a vested interest in the existance of global warmingleft out a few zeroes "accidentally" in their time-estimate of the glacial melt-off.

"Climate change is real, and Greenland ice cover is shrinking. But the claims here are simply not backed up by science; this pig can't fly."
HarpersCollins did not return FoxNews.com requests for comment.


This is why you need to get the real facts people.  The liberal elite think that they can get you to believe any lie they tell without checking it out.  Too many people prove them right.  Sleep on it and have a nice evening, everyone.






Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/09/20/times-atlas-apologizes-for-misleading-greenland-ice-melting-claim/#ixzz1YY9YI2u3


NHFFL week 2

This week we accomplished something I seriously doubt we've ever did before.  I doubt in the 14 years and 2 weeks we've played this league that we have more than a dozen games with a team scoring 70+ points.  Keeping in mind we are actually playing one LESS starter per team than last year, we have now 3 70+ games in the first two weeks.  It was funny to watch, because the Clock BBQs had shot out to a 50+ total fairly early, only to watch not one, but two teams go rocketing past them. (Fortunately for the CBBQs, neither team was playing them.)

The first was the Fiery Beagles, who rolled up the high score in a 74-32 win over the Greenwoods.  A slow early-games start was made up for when Miles Austin got 21 points (3 TDs, one over 50 yards for 3 bonus points) and the Phillip Rivers/Vincent Jackson tandem rolled up 18 for the Beagles.  Despite a 4-TD performance by Matt Stafford, the Elves never were really in it.
The second was Laurie's Elks, who blew out to a 71-33 lead and hung on- so to speak- 71-52.  The Elks were paced by 12-spots from Drew Brees, LaGarrette Blount, and Jahvid Best.  Yeah, Best killed the first four weeks last year, too.  Let's see what he does from week 5 on. 5 players tallied TDs for the 'Chops, but it wasn't enough.

The defending champ KCAs continue to struggle, but at least they were in the game against the Rangers before Steven Jackson's injury miss finished off a 40-36 loss.  Darren McFadden (or Run-DMC, if you prefer) scored twice and Tom Brady chipped in 9 for the Rangers, while Matt Ryan threw for 12 points (4 TD passes) to narrow an early 40-22 deficit for the winless KCAs.
The Aguas rolled up a 35-14 lead, and then withstood a barrage Sunday and Monday nights to beat the Angels 39-36.  Calvin (Megatron)Johnson posted 2 more TDs for the Aguas, who then sweated bullets as LeSean McCoy and Josh Brown put 22 on the board during the night games.  4 points by Atlanta's D Sunday night was all that preserved the victory.
The aforementioned Clock BBQs won their game against the B2s 53-30 with Peyton Hillis and Fred Jackson scoring 12 each, and new acquisitions Ryan Fitzpatrick and Devery Henderson putting up 9 pts each.
Finally, the Ducks got their first win, topping winless Buzz 50-40 in a game that wasn't more than 4 points apart until the last of the day games.New starter Kevin Kolb and Arizona teammate Larry Fitzgerald tallied 9 apiece, and Michael Turner and Alex Henery chipped in 13 Sunday night to secure the win.  Adrian Peterson and Jeremy Maclin each popped in 2 TDS for Buzz.



Week three features the Beagles vs B2s; the father-son bragging rights game, KCAs vs Clock BBQs; The all Laurie battle of Angels vs Elks; the Rangers looking to move up against Buzz; a newbie clash with Greenwoods vs Porkchops; and the top-ranked Aguas vs the Ducks.

Monday, September 19, 2011

One disclaimer-filled post

Forgive any boo-boos, please, but blurry eyes do not cancel the need to post!  We have a lot to cover tonight, so hang on tight!

ITEM: For you out-of-towners, this weekend was the best event in Fort Wayne- the Johnny Appleseed  Festival.  KC and I walked on over, and in perusing the antique junk and miscellaneous knick-knack booths, I found me a couple of treasures. 

No, I'm not collecting old bottles as a habit.  But I had some reasons for these.  That little guy is a Grolsch beer with a ceramic swing-top cap-


And thus becomes my second stay-on-the-bottle cap.  (Yeah, this is more properly for the caps blog, and I'll put it over there later.)  The big boy is a bit older.  I know you can't make out what it says on my camera, so I tried a pencil-rub for you:

"Berghoff Brewing Co. Ft. Wayne, Ind."  I did some digging on this bottle.  It seems the fact that it doesn't say "H. Berghoff Brewing Co."  tells us it was made after 1889, and the fact that it says "Co," rather than "Association", or whatever abbreviation for that they used, tells us that it was made prior to 1910.  Either way, a bottle in excess of 100 years old!  Value:  about the $5 I payed for it, but if you've seen the cap blog, you know I love the hometown breweries and their stories, so for me, priceless.

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Second, my friend Chocolate Angel over at The Cat and the Coffee Cup passed on her recently received 7X7 award.  Now this is one of those "Pass It On" awards in which you let out some of your deep dark secrets and then pass it on to the next deserving soul.  Only in this case, it involves picking the posts that best fit seven categories, and then pass it on to seven others.  Now me, I'm not one much for passing on things (it gives me that low esteem feeling of being a pest) and when you consider of my 29 followers, there are several MIAs, a couple of doubles, one is KC's ex-gf and may not be around hereabouts any more (?), and several others who might be candidates have already either gotten the award from C.A. or will get it passed to them by the ones she passed it to, I'm just going to leave it up for grabs- if you want to play, just grab the award and answer the categories!

Now then, which of my posts are;

1. Most Beautiful- First I thought of one of the many sad memorials I've had to do this year- the one for Clarence Clemons (Goodbye, Big Man) comes to mind.  But I'll go with an anguished poem I posted Back in February- I Know There Is A Healing

2. Most Helpful-  I really hope that would be one of my sermonettes, like He Who Has Ears To Hear.  I may bother, borew or alienate a lot of people with my faith and the posts that come from it- but if one person learns, hears, is encouraged, the whole rest of the blogs are worth it.

3.Most controversial- Hands down, What Government Is For.  This started out as a response to someone who saw our government as there to serve the minorities, and morphed into a knock-down, drag-out on atheism and evolution.  It would take the next category as well, were it not for Europeans who love Silver Convention and people who want to know why the world will end in May of next year.

4. Most Popular- #1 is The Day Of Judgement According to wecanknow.com; #2 is Time Machine Week Thirty, the infamous "picture of Silver Convention" post.  Apparently the most searched non-porn picture of all time.

5. Most Underrated- My all time favorite, Once Upon A Time In The Forest..., a fairy tale in real life, or vice-versa, featuring Scrappy.

6. Most Surprisingly Successful- Rikuzen Takata, the original post on the Japanese disaster which spawned 7 updates so far. #4 on the pageview list.

7. Most Pride worthy- Hey, I'm the Humble Author, capeesh?  No pride here.

There, that only took me half the night!  Check 'em out and see what you think.  Thanks again, C.A.- for the award and the exercise in reflection.

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Here's clips from a story I just had to share- a real WHAT WERE THEY THINKING??

ABOARD THE MANGYONGBONG, off North Korea — It was billed as a cruise ship, but the creaking, nearly-40-year-old vessel that set sail from the remote North Korean town of Rajin had more of the trappings of a tramp steamer. With its cramped cabins, cut-rate cuisine and foul, water-deprived bathrooms, it was not about to compete anytime soon with Cunard or Carnival in the leisure industry.

Then again, it does not have to. As North Korea’s latest venture into the tourism business, it need not concern itself with rivals. The trick, as its operators conceded, will be to attract enough vacationers.
Desperate for foreign currency, officials in secretive North Korea are trying to lure tourists to holiday cruises along the length of the impoverished country’s east coast. Earlier this month, a trial run by the rusty Mangyongbong was completed in 43 trying hours at sea. More than 200 people were packed into dim and musty cabins, sometimes eight to a room with floor mattresses. Chinese tourists and business people shared quarters with North Korean officials and foreign journalists.
The inaugural cruise presumably had support at the highest levels in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. The organizer, Taepung International Investment Group, falls under the National Defense Commission, which answers directly to the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il.
“I love peace and the Korean Peninsula,” said Park Chol-su, president of Taepung, as he sat on the deck of the Mangyongbong. “Our company symbolizes peace. We can even hire Americans.”






The trial run began on Aug. 29, when Mr. Park led scores of foreigners across the border from northeast China to Rajin, the port town that North Korea has designated a free economic and trade zone. Some of the visitors had paid about $470 for the five-day trip, which included several days on land. Others were traveling free of charge because they were friends of Mr. Park, who is a Chinese citizen. Many of the Chinese ran tour agencies, and Mr. Park and North Korean officials were trying to encourage them to promote North Korea tourism.
Bilingual government guides had been assigned to the tour buses. An affable 25-year-old, Mun Ho-yong, spouted off some facts in English about his country: “In 1950, there was a war, the Korean War, started by the United States.” Now, he said, Korea had entered the phase of “universal socialist construction.”

In Rajin, a town of dirt roads and occasional blackouts, the guides stuck to the program, first taking their guests to a towering portrait of North Korea’s founder, Kim Il-sung, for photographs and then ushering them into a theater to watch children perform patriotic numbers. That night, the visitors attended a banquet where the vice mayor, Hwang Chol-nam, toasted Mr. Park for organizing the cruise.

Confetti flew and about 500 students and workers in uniforms waved flags and plastic flowers as the boat lurched from the dock in Rajin.


“It has not been easy,” Mr. Hwang said. The two then belted out a karaoke song glorifying Kim Il-sung.






But it was at noon the next day that the real festivities got under way. At the harbor, where ships bearing coal depart for Shanghai, officials in dark suits lined up along a red carpet to give speeches. Then came the blaring of music dedicated to — whom else? — Kim Il-sung (“The Marshal Rides a Galloping White Horse”). Confetti flew and about 500 students and workers in uniforms waved flags and plastic flowers as the boat lurched from the dock.






The Mangyongbong had been used as a cargo ship since 1992, but before that had served as a passenger ferry mostly for North Koreans living in Japan.
The North Korean coastline disappeared from view for much of the 21-hour journey south. There was no shuffleboard. Chinese passengers broke out decks of cards. Mr. Hwang, the vice mayor, changed from a navy suit into a green polo shirt and drank beers with foreigners on the top deck. An American asked him whether there was any chance the ship might stray into international waters and encounter foreign naval vessels.
“You’re in North Korea here,” Mr. Hwang said. “You’re completely safe. The North Korean military is protecting you.”






Dinner that night resembled a mess hall at an American Army base in Iraq: metal trays, fluorescent lights, diced chicken and cucumbers ladled from self-serve communal bowls. Waitresses threw leftovers overboard. The wind blew bits of trash back onto the deck.
The next morning, the boat pulled into the harbor of the nature park at Mount Kumgang, not far from the border with South Korea. The day and night spent there involved hiking, an acrobatics show and a video pitch for the Chinese businesspeople on investing in the park. The South Korean government has barred its citizens from traveling there since a fatal shooting in 2008, and the park’s South Korean developer has suspended its operations. “Now we’re in a military zone; if you stay behind, you get shot,” Mr. Mun said, apparently jokingly, as the buses pulled up to a rocky beach.


The hotel had a tennis court and a bar, and the visitors were taken to a well-trimmed golf course. There was even a North Korean-style duty-free shop offering, among other things, a homegrown version of Viagra (main ingredient: antler).
The return trip took 22 hours. After a lunch of instant noodles, the harbor at Rajin loomed in the distance. “We admit that we have a lot of shortcomings to overcome,” Mr. Park said.


The passengers stared at the buses waiting to take them back to China. “One trip is enough for a lifetime,” someone said. The ship slowly approached the dock.


Then there was a great crashing sound, and the Mangyongbong shuddered. “It’s like the Titanic,” a Chinese man yelled. People pointed at the concrete pier — the ship had rammed straight into it, denting the front of the hull and reducing a corner of the structure into a pile of rubble. The captain, it seemed, was just as eager as everyone else to get back to shore.


'Nuff said. Thank God I get seasick.









Sunday, September 18, 2011

tonight i get fcs stuff done on time...

Which means hot off the presses.  My new rankings are done, and sadly the three teams that stood 0-2, and I made excuses for them- good ones I thought- went out and got beat today, and thus will be out.  That starts with former #1 and defending champ Eastern Washington who lost to Montana 17-14.  A decent loss to a good team, sealed when QB Bo Levi Mitchell threw a pick with 40 ticks left, his second of the game.  Then we have Villanova, who has been so good for so long, I couldn't make myself believe they were really that bad- until they lost to Monmouth 20-9.  They had just pulled back to a 4 point game with a safety and the ball, but went 3-and-out inside the 2 minute mark.  They punted, and with 1:12 left Monmouth sealed it with a 44-yd run.  The third was Stony Brook, who seemingly survived their first two losses in Big Boy Games, only to blow a 17-7 lead in the 3rd quarter against Ivy Leaguer Brown to lose 21-20.

So Georgia Southern and Wofford, who watched the games on TV, stayed 1 and 2.  App State stayed at 3 after pounding hapless Savannah St. 41-6.  Here comes my controversial call, though:  I leapfrogged Montana to #4 after the win over EWU; held Montana State to 5th despite a 43-7 win - because it was against cupcake Minot State-; and dropped William AND Mary to #6 despite their win, 13-10 over Division II #23 New Haven- because, ranked or not, a cupcake is a cupcake, and I'm still wondering if W&M has any offense once they play the powerhouses of the CAA.

Richmond dumped VMI 34-19 to go to 3-0 and take my 7th spot.  I moved Jacksonville State up one to #8 despite another lackluster performance, 37-21 over Georgia St.  Moving into the top ten are 2 of the other bye weekers- New Hampshire in 9th and Northern Iowa in 10th.  Lehigh moved up to 11th after a 34-22 win over Princeton; Chattanooga to 12 after beating tough Eastern Kentucky 21-14. JMU, 16th going in, played then #11 Liberty; James Madison got a FG with :02 left to win 27-24.  JMU moves up to 13, while Liberty drops to 15th.  Rocketing up to take #14 is Delaware, who beat cupcake rival Delaware State 45-0.

Two more layabouts this week, North Dakota State and Southern Illinois, move up to 16 and 17 respectively.  I held South Carolina State at 18 despite losing their BBG to Indiana 38-21.  After watching UMass take out a tough URI team 36-27, I relented and ranked them at 19.  SF Austin drops to 20 after getting beat in their BBG by #19 Baylor 48-0 in a game ended by lightning after three quarters.  Western Carolina spent what might be their last week in the top 25 at 21; ODU moves up to 22 with a tough Hampton team 45-42.  Coming in for the first time at 23 is Sam Houston State, who played an "also getting votes" Central Arkansas team and flattening them 31-10.  Bethune Cookman was the last of the day-off teams and hold at 24; Indiana St. takes the last available decision after winning their BBG over (allegedly) FBS team Western Kentucky 44-16.

When I shut down the scoreboard, South Dakota, who everyone loved after their win over EWU, had won, but against cupcake NW Oklahoma State, 48-10; Sacremento State, who started out so promisingly with that win over Oregon State, was getting pasted by a conference foe; and for all those Ivy Leaguers that thought Penn was going to repeat, they were abbreviated by Lafayette 37-12.  And thus, all missed their chance to enter my rankings.

Next week, nobody is off.  We have 3 more big boy games- #16 N. Dakota State vs Minnesota; #19 UMass against neighborhood rival Boston College; and #23 Sam Houston faces a New Mexico team that got schmeared  by Texas Tech today.  One team gets a cupcake- #18 S. Carolina St. gets their turn with Delaware St.  Battles among the ranked teams include #21 Western Carolina vs #1 Georgia Southern; #12 Chattanooga draws #3 App State; #6 Wm. & Mary better wake up that offense NOW, because #13 JMU is coming to town; #7 Richmond and #9 UNH duke it out; #14 Delaware and #22 ODU face off; and #15 Liberty goes from ranked JMU to #11 Lehigh.  Other matches include Wofford getting off easy against Samford; Montana gets reeling Sacremento St.; Montana St. has their turn with newly-unranked EWU;   J'ville St. gets Eastern Illinois, while Northern Iowa gets Western Illinois;   Southern Illinois chimes in against Missouri St.; SFA gets state rival Texas St.; Indiana St. goes up against conference rival Youngstown St.; and B-C gets a Thursday game with Hampton.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

the great sixties countdown week eight

Ready for another trip down memory lane?  I know I am!  It's almost as fun as reporting small animals to AttackWatch!  We pick up my countdown of my 300 top sixties tunes with:

160- Chapel Of Love, Dixie Cups.  The classic wedding song.  Who can resist the rich harmonies?

159- Stoned Soul Picnic, the 5th Dimension.  Fun and slightly surreal.  "Down from the sky comes the Lord and the lightning, lightning..." 'Surry!

158- I'll Never Find Another You, the Seekers.  Have I not told you how in love I am with Judith Durham?  She could sing Happy Birthday and bring a tear to my eye.



157- All You Need Is Love, the Beatles.  What gets me is the ending, complete with Paul throwing in "she loves you, yeah yeah yeah".

156- Society's Child, Janis Ian.  Great vocal, chilling in the chorus. The contrast of railing against prejudice but not willing to begin the changes herself.  And the contrast between living beyond society's dictates to "spread my wings and fly" and being chained to conformity.

155- The Twist, Chubby Checker.  Did you remember that this hit #1 in 1960, and again in 1962?  Probably the ultimate dance song.  (Which statement will make #152 a bit ironic.)

154- Classical Gas, Mason Williams.  I love instrumentals, and my Aunt Cleo used to have this album on vinyl.



153- The Letter, The Box Tops.  Forget Joe Cocker's mauling of this song, the original is the one that makes your neck hairs stands up.

152- Let's Twist Again, Chubby Checker.  I've been on a roll with the English this weekend.  This sequel, that came out between the original's two chart runs in 1961, charted higher than either run in the UK .  I liked it better too.  You know nostalgic me- any time you can throw the phrase, "Do you remember when" into the song, I'm there.

151- Big Girls Don't Cry, the Four Seasons.  Hard to say anything I haven't said- or am planning to say later- about Frankie and the boys.

150- Hawaii 5-0, the Ventures.  Did I mention I love instrumentals?  The Ventures' work stands up well even today.  In researching this chart, I came upon a video of them doing Love Is Blue that was dynamite.

149- I've Got To Get A Message To You, the Bee Gees.  I've heard this a lot of late, and If I had during the plotting of this chart, it might well have placed higher.  The back melodies, Barry's background behind Robin's vocals, and the desperation of the lyrics all combine to make this easily the brothers' most powerful song.

148- I'd Like To Get To Know You, Spanky and Our Gang.  Just a pleasant, dreamy song.

147.  Like A Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan.  "Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse/ when you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose/ You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal/ How does it feel?"  Wow.

146.  The Rain, The Park, And Other Things, the Cowsills.  The most inexplicable title on a non-Dylan song in music history.  It amazes me how on every record, the Cowsills can sound so much like just a bunch of singers doing their own thing and yet it comes together so well.



145- Crazy, Patsy Cline.  William Hung couldn't f 'up this song.  Ms. Cline, however, does it the best.

144- Heatwave, Martha and the Vandellas.  Even though I'll admit I like Linda Ronstadt's version better.

143- Stop In The Name Of Love, the Supremes.  Like Crazy, I've never heard a bad version of this.

142- Turn Around, Look At Me, the Vogues.  Didn't you say that, too, a few times in your youth?  It was practically my mantra.

141- La La Means I Love You, the Delfonics.  Probably what started me on the Stylistics a few years later.  Gotta love the "Philly sound", right, Bob?

And just like that, we are done again.  And we're that much closer to the top 100 where hairs' breadth separates the tunes.  So, be back next week, and be ready to twist!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sports stuff

Starting with my FCS report.  Georgia Southern remained #1 (on my and the coaches' poll) after winning a creampuff game against Tusculum 62-21, and Wofford stayed at #2 (#8 coaches) after giving big boy Clemson all they wanted in a 35-27 loss.  Appalachian St. rebounded after their kicking by VA Tech,  routing conference foe N. Carolina A&T 58-6 to move into third in both polls, while William AND Mary climbed to 4th (5th) after topping VMI 24-7.  The two Montanas each move up a pair on mine; Montana St. (4) to #5, riding a 3 TD second quarter to rout UC-Davis 38-14, while Montana (11) moved to 6th with a tough 37-23 win over Cal Poly.  Eastern Washington drops to 7th (10) with their shocking 30-17 drubbing by South Dakota, 2-0 after being a doormat all last year.  Richmond moves to 8 (9) after a lackluster 21-7 win over Wagner; Jacksonville St., who struggled in week 1, lost in week two to then #24 Chattanooga 38-17 to fall to #9 (16).  Rounding out my top ten is New Hampshire (12), who defeated a team that I had regrettably not ranked- Lehigh- 48-41 in OT.

The rest of my top twenty-five includes #11 Liberty (20), #12 Northern Iowa (2, are you kidding?), #13 Villanova (in the also getting votes section),#14 Chattanooga (17),#15 Lehigh (19),#16 James Madison (14), #17 SF Austin (13), #18 South Carolina State (21), #19 North Dakota State (6, c'mon man!) #20 S. Illinois (15), #21 Delaware(7, but they burned us all last year), #22 Stony Brook, 0-2 but losses in two big boy games, losing in OT to UTEP week one and 35-7 to Buffalo last week), #23 Western Carolina (who won a rout against cupcake Mars Hill after a 42 point loss to big boy Georgia tech), #24 Bethune-Cookman (also getting votes after a 26-18 loss to South Carolina State), and #25 Old Dominion ( ignored despite outscoring FCS rivals 81-31 in two games).  In place of the five of mine they didn't like, the coaches had Central Arkansas (18), McNeese St. (22) South Dakota (23, and they were still giving them votes at 1-4 last year) Sacramento State (24, who got blown out by Southern Utah 35-14) and UMass (25 and no longer eligible for anything since they move to FBS next year).  I can see Central Arkansas, but all McNeese has on its ledger is a 42-21 loss to bbg Kansas and week two off.

This week, 7 of my teams (GA Southern, Wofford, UNH, Northern Iowa, N. Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Western Carolina, and Bethune Cookman) get a week off. The lone BBG belongs to SF Austin (Baylor- ouch!).  Ranked matchups include #6 Montana vs #7 Eastern Washington ( a FAR bigger game for EWU after last week), and #11 Liberty vs #16 JMU.  Two teams get cupcake games (W&M vs New Haven and Montana St. vs Minot State).  That leaves us with: App St. vs Savannah State (who are 0-2 and already have 100 points against); Richmond against VMI (who W&M had no problem with), Jacksonville State vs Georgia State (who got pasted by ODU last week) and boy don't THEY need a win; Villanova gets Monmouth (everyone's favorite whupping boy, and they REALLY need to whup someone, anyone, at 0-2); Chattanooga gets Eastern Kentucky (who followed up an impressive 3-point loss to Kansas State with a disappointing 4 point win over Missouri State); Lehigh gets Princeton (who, like the rest of the Ivy League, opens this week); OOPS!  South Carolina St. also has a BBG- against IU!  Delaware gets cross state rival Delaware State (who is a deceptive 2-0- they only topped VMI by 3, and had to score 22 in the 4th quarter to edge cupcake Shaw);  Stony Brook finally picks on someone their own size, Ivy Leaguer Brown; And ODU draws Hampton (who is a solid but not spectacular 2-0).

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I also thought I might do an every week or two report on the KHL, in honor of the fallen of Lokomotiv.  The season opened this week, and Torpedo Nizhny-Novgorod is off to a 3-0 start, with a pair of 3-0 shutouts surrounding a 4-1 win over Spartak.  They lead the Western conference by 3 points over Dinamo Minsk, whose only loss was one of those same 3-0 shutouts.  Last years' conference champ are among 5 teams with one win, theirs a 3-1 victory over Neftekhimik.  The "Moscow trio" are 2-3 combined thus far, with Dinamo and Red Army both 1-1.  In the east, the season opening Lokomotiv Cup went to Salavat Yulaev, who rallied from early down 3-0 to win 5-3 over Atlant.   They followed that up with a 5-4 win over traditional rival Ak Bars to be one of two teams with 2 wins.  The other is season favorite Metallurg Magnitogorsk, who has topped first year team Lev Poprad 4-2 and Traktor Chelyabinsk 5-1.  Poprad, who started in the Czech Republic and moved to Slovakia when the Czech Hockey Federation would not clear them to play in the KHL, is the first and only team from outside the old Soviet Union (and one of 4 outside of Russia proper).  They also dropped one to second year team Yugra 3-1 to open their first campaign at 0-2.    There has already been two games that went to OT shootouts: the first night, Traktor topped  Metallurg Novokutznetsk 3-2, and this morning our time, Avangard Omsk topped Kazakhstan's Barys Astana 5-4.

Of course, the team I always feel sorry for is Amur Khabarovsk, way out on the Pacific coast.  It is farther from their to the next closest team (I think Magnitogorsk or Omsk) than it is fro that city to Poprad in fricking Slovakia!  Thus they get a lot of doubleheaders over two nights.  The first was against Sibir Novosibirsk, with the far-easters losing the first 5-2 and winning the second 5-3.  The league has thought about getting rid of them because of travel costs, but they outdraw the rest of the league at home consistently.  But I think until Loko gets back next year, my team will be Automobilsk Yekaterinburg- the city where the Bolsheviks celebrated their newfound rule by slaughtering the Romanov family.  AY opened with a 3-2 loss to Metallurg Novokutznetsk, and followed with a 3-1 win this AM over Neftekhimik, and thus are not only looking up at East leaders Salavat and Magnitogorsk, but also Omsk with 5 points and  and Novokutznetsk and Barys with 4.