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Posts in November 2005

Can You Read This?

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2005-11-29 00:00:00
Olny srmat poelpe can.

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! Read more...

To the pain

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-11-28 00:00:00
My friends, it has been my sad experience to discover that my body does not recuperate as speedily as it once did. I played soccer again today and I feel pain.

Texas @ Texas A&M; St. Louis Rams @ Houston

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-11-27 00:00:00
The Longhorns smashed their way to an ugly win at Kyle Field in College Station on Friday (while I was at work, naturally), with a final score of 40-29. This puts them in the Big 12 Championship against Colorado at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Barring an ugly loss there, the 'Horns will move on to the BCS Championship to be played at the Rose Bowl this year against the University of Southern California.

The Houston Texans (1-10) hosted the St. Louis Rams (5-6) today. David Carr, Andre Johnson and the rest of the Texans offense jumped to an early lead and closed out the first half with a 24-3 lead. The Texans defense in the first half was effective if not pretty. If the game could've ended there, we'd all be happy. But alas, there was a second half to play and the Texans defense turned into swiss-cheese allowing the Rams' third string rookie quarterback from Harvard to lead his team to a 33-27 overtime win. Texans fans have stepped up their calls for head coach Dom Capers and general manager Charley Casserly to be fired.


X-mas on the radio

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-11-26 00:00:00
I first noticed it today, but I understand it has been going on all week. You know what I'm talking about: radio stations playing all Christmas music all the time. Now, you must remember that I am a capitalist, and I believe in the free market. If the market determins that there is support for that much Christmas music, it is fine with me. However, between you and me, I can only take so much of that music before my ears start to bleed. I don't mind a festive tune here or a holiday carol there, but the non-stop deluge of the stuff is too much for my sensibilities.

"Just give me some of that rock-n-roll music..."

Turkey Bowl

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-11-24 00:00:00
Every year it is a tradition in my church to have a turkey bowl. Generally, this means football. It is a grand tradition and I have spent many years playing it in the many congregations that I've been in. Over the last four or five years, however, in the congregation where my parents attend, it has become tradition to play soccer instead of football. Now, don't get me wrong, football is a glorious sport, but in my heart, soccer has the first spot. So today we played. I even scored a goal.

My friends, on this day of the year we should be more aware of our blessings. We should take the time to count our many blessings from God. We should be thankful.

I am thankful for many things... especially the small things in life that make it so great. But let me just say this: there is nothing worse than a tie game. A tie game is like kissing your sister [read: it is horrible]! There is a special place in hell for whoever invented tie games.

That is all.

I'm In Love

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-11-22 00:00:00
Autoweek has spy shots of the new Dodge Challenger in development, intended to go up against the Ford Mustang for the pony-car market. Read more...

HP IV, Mel Gibson, and My Broken Dreams

by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-11-18 00:00:00
Many of you who read this would probably have already seen the most remarkable enactment of the IV book, in the seven-book-series Harry Potter, come to life in the way some can only dream about.

The most anticipated movie of the year, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, came to life last night in theatres all around the Country. I, however, am still dreaming about it seeing it, and most likely won't be able to, thanks to Mel Gibson.

My family has a firm rule of no PG-13 movies at all when living under my parent’s roof. So when HP IV turned out to be PG-13 I was almost in a complete stage of devastation, but not for long b/c I quickly realized I could just wait for CleanFlicks to edit this incredible movie. But then...Read more...

MLS Coming to Houston?

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-11-16 00:00:00
blogHouston posted this about the possibility of the San Jose Earthquakes, a Major League Soccer team, moving to Houston. BlogHouston ponders what kind of stadium deals will occur if the team decides to move here.

The soccer team should do well here, as there is a large market for the sport firmly ensconced in Houston already.

The real question is, if Houston gets a pro soccer team will Dubya become a soccer fan?


The Greatest Loss

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2005-11-13 00:00:00
As an adult, I have unfortunately lost touch with many of my friends. I accept this as a necessary part of life -- we grow, change, and move on -- but such a drift cannot always be painless. Read more...

The Lamb

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-11-13 00:00:00
Rev. 7:17
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters. and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

I'm Done

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-11-10 00:00:00
Michelle Malkin posts about the GOP Cave-In on drilling in ANWR, and later, she posts readers thoughts on the whole thing.

They capitulate on ANWR, on Social Security reform, on taxcuts, they increase federal spending rather than decrease federal spending, they don't actively try to restore power to the federalist system... the list goes on. I'm sick and tired of those losers we elected betraying our interests.

Voting in a Republican majority has done nothing for America. The GOP should be ashamed of itself. They have a lot to answer for, and I demand those answers.

Until I get answers, until I get better representation, I will not support the Republican Party. I have problems with the Libertarian Party, but at this point I'd rather support them. And if Rick Perry or Carole Keeton Strayhorn thinks they're getting my vote they're nuts. They've screwed up just as much as the national-level Republicans. I just might vote for Kinky in 06. At least Kinky is funny. I am done with the Republican Party.


NFL Deal With L.A. City Officials

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-11-10 00:00:00
According to this espn.com article, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has come to preliminary terms with Los Angeles about the city getting an NFL team. Since the NFL cannot (to my knowledge) forcibly relocate a team from one city to another, this means the NFL team in placed in L.A. will be a new expansion team. Tagliabue hopes to have more definite terms set by March.


France Burning

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-11-09 00:00:00
I have been astounded at the news from France these last two weeks. I suppose I shouldn't be surprized, though.

France is a nation that, above all, loves social programs. For years they have warehoused immigrant North Africans and Arabs in huge ghettos. They have created systems that perpetuate unemployment and dissatisfaction and do nothing to rid themselves of an underlying racism in their culture. It is no wonder that these underpriveledged are now rioting in the streets and buring everything that they see. The kicker is that they are doing it in a systematic and organized way.

Meanwhile, rival politicians are only exacerbating the situation. David Ignacious of the Washington Post wrote an opinion piece titled, "Why France Is Burning," wherein he offers a solution to France's racial conundrum. Ignacious suggests aggressive affirmative action programs to quickly integrate as many minorities into the upper eschalon of French business and society so long completely dominated by white Europeans.

While I'm sure that Mr. Ignacious has his heart in the right place, I respectfully disagree completely with his proffered solution.

It was social programs that got France into this predicament in the first place; more social programs are not the answer. Instead, they should focus on qualifying those Africans and Arabs for better jobs and at the same time encourage entreprenural endeavores by minorities through incentive programs/policies. Additionally, they should move away from ostracizing incoming groups and relagating them to the slums. Instead, they should temporarily restrict immigration and focus on fully integrating minorities into the mainstream on every level.

I have not hidden my anger toward France for their corruption and international policies, but no one should have to go through all of that concentrated hate. France has made her bed; it grieves me to see her lie in it, honestly, but c'est la vie.Read more...

Paris Intifada

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-11-07 00:00:00
From Mark Steyn's article, Wake up, Europe, you've a war on your hands:

The notion that Texas neocon arrogance was responsible for frosting up trans-Atlantic relations was always preposterous, even for someone as complacent and blinkered as John Kerry. If you had millions of seething unassimilated Muslim youths in lawless suburbs ringing every major city, would you be so eager to send your troops into an Arab country fighting alongside the Americans? For half a decade, French Arabs have been carrying on a low-level intifada against synagogues, kosher butchers, Jewish schools, etc. The concern of the political class has been to prevent the spread of these attacks to targets of more, ah, general interest. They seem to have lost that battle. Unlike America's Europhiles, France's Arab street correctly identified Chirac's opposition to the Iraq war for what it was: a sign of weakness.

If Chirac isn't exactly Charles Martel, the rioters aren't doing a bad impression of the Muslim armies of 13 centuries ago: They're seizing their opportunities, testing their foe, probing his weak spots. If burning the 'burbs gets you more ''respect'' from Chirac, they'll burn 'em again, and again. In the current issue of City Journal, Theodore Dalrymple concludes a piece on British suicide bombers with this grim summation of the new Europe: ''The sweet dream of universal cultural compatibility has been replaced by the nightmare of permanent conflict.'' Which sounds an awful lot like a new Dark Ages.

That last line is pretty ominous.

UPDATE: Also, Hugh Hewitt interviewed Steyn about the Paris riots. Here's the transcript.


Newt on Regulations

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-11-07 00:00:00
An .mp3 of Newt Gingrich on reducing regulations, from newt.org (one of my new favorite websites).

And this .mp3 on how to beat Hillary in 08.

I heard someone speak on the difference between statesman and politicians, saying that statesman stand up for what's right even if it's not popular or won't get them more votes and politicians are basically just panderers. Newt Gingrich is a statesman.

I like his attitude of getting down to business and voting on issues as opposed to the current attitude of political fear-mongering and race-baiting.

A Famous Duel

by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-11-07 00:00:00
A duel was fought between Bob S. Shott and John Knott. Knott was shot and Shott was not, proving that it is better to be Shott than Knott. 'Tis said Knott was not shot, but Shott abows he was not. Either the shot Shott shot at Knott was not shot or Knott was shot notwithstanding. It may be that the shot Shott shot shot Knott or it is possible that the shot Shott shot shot Shott himself, so that Shott was shot and Knott was not. We think, however, that the shot Shott shot shot, not Shott, but Knott. Anyway, it is hard to say who was shot and who was not.

Artistic Integrity

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2005-11-06 00:00:00
Last night I go to a house party, and I sit back and watch as a friend of mine obnoxiously flirts with a guy from another ward. This man is an artist by trade, so she immediately demands that he paint a portrait of her. To this he replies that his paintings usually sell for $500 a pop.

I don't know which is more disgusting, the so-called artist, or the girl who demands art without the consideration of inspiration.


by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-11-06 00:00:00
In a conversation with Giullieta recently, I confessed to her that I --your very own el Seco-- am Trouble (with a capital 'T').

Upon further reflection, I suggested that she confirm the notion with fellow ranters Hoodwink and 30dozen. Not that I'm a rascal, cad, or reprobate mind you, but, as many of you have heard me say, you cannot resist my latin heat!

Any thoughts? Hoodwink? 30dozen? Dubya?

The 'Bush Lied' Fallacy

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-11-06 00:00:00
Democrats are desperately trying to revive the 'Bush lied' ploy to undermine the president right now. If my party were losing accross the board, I might try something desperate as well. In the process, the Democrats are delivering a very negative message. There is an article that deals with the idea on OpinionJournal.

Most recently, Joseph Wilson is being raised up by liberals as their front runner in their anti-Bush ploy:

everyone who has looked into the question of whether the Bush Administration lied about intelligence, distorted intelligence, or pressured intelligence agencies to produce assessments that would support a supposedly pre-baked decision to invade Iraq has come up with the same answer: No, no, no and no.

Everyone, that is, except Joseph Wilson IV. He first became the Democrats' darling in July 2003, when he published an op-ed claiming he'd debunked Mr. Bush's "16 words" on Iraqi attempts to purchase African yellowcake and that the Administration had distorted the evidence about Saddam's weapons programs to fit its agenda. This Wilson tale fit the "lied us into war" narrative so well that he was adopted by the John Kerry presidential campaign.

Only to be dropped faster than a Paris Hilton boyfriend after the Senate Intelligence and Butler reports were published. Those reports clearly showed that, while Saddam had probably not purchased yellowcake from Niger, the dictator had almost certainly tried--and that Mr. Wilson's own briefing of the CIA after his mission supported that conclusion. Mr. Wilson somehow omitted that fact from his public accounts at the time.

He also omitted to explain why the CIA had sent him to Niger: His wife, who worked at the CIA, had suggested his name for the trip, a fact Mr. Wilson also denied, but which has also since been proven. In other words, the only real support there has ever been for the "Bush lied" storyline came from a man who is himself a demonstrable liar. If we were Nick Kristof and the other writers who reported Mr. Wilson's facts as gospel, we'd be apologizing to our readers.

The fact is that Wilson is a proven liar, and with their negative message, Democrats will continue to lose. Plus, the American people are not idiots. We can easily see through the poor facade that liberals are trying to pull off. Politician after liberal politician has decried Saddam Hussein's WMD only to later blame the Bush administration. Well, it is too late; we have them on record of every word. My favorites include:

Al Gore: "We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."

Hillary Clinton: "In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. . . ."

and John Kerry: "Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real..."

Confirm Alito

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-11-05 00:00:00
Rant Fever supports the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. So let it be written. So let it be done.

Guess Who?

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-11-05 00:00:00
Which one of these fine fellas is my new "almost boyfriend"?

...you have one guess and one guess only...choose wisely.

Skip Is Wrong

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-11-05 00:00:00
Earlier, I posted on how sportswriter Skip Bayless was hatin' on the Longhorns for no good reason.

Skip essentially made the case that the Horns were paper tigers. While doing so, he said that the Horns depend too much on quarterback Vince Young. Oh yeah, Skip? Read this: No. 2 Texas 62, Baylor 0.


San Antonio Saints?

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-11-02 00:00:00
From the Houston Chronicle sports section: Jones: Remember Big Easy, not Alamo.

There's been a lot of talk around the NFL about the Saints possibly moving to San Antonio on a permanent basis. Saints owner Tom Benson hasn't exactly quelled Louisiana residents concerns, either. He's fired an executive in the Saints organization that opposed a possible move to San Antonio, and there are rumors that Benson has been in discussions with San Antonio officials.