Archive | July, 2007

MLB Trade Deadline

Posted on 31 July 2007 by Ed Z

Are you a trade rumor junkie like me?

Today is the MLB
non waiver trade deadline
and that means rumors are swirling
everywhere.  And as a Mets fan my eyes are glued to MetsBlog
Run by Matt Cerrone, MetsBlog is the place for anything Mets, especially on a
day like today when I expect Mets GM, Omar Minaya, to do some dealing.

For all other deadline day rumors and info, be sure to check out MLB
Trade Rumors
.

I love this time of year!

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Out for a Few

Posted on 27 July 2007 by Ed Z

I’m taking a weekend kayaking trip so I’ll be away for a few days. I hope to post up some pictures when I return.

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Tunnels Passé, Prisoners Use Copyright Laws for Escape

Posted on 23 July 2007 by Ed Z

Techdirt
blog has a story about prison inmates abusing copyright laws to extort prison
officials.

A group of
inmates apparently copyrighted their names and then demanded
millions of dollars from the prison they were in for using their
names without permission. The claims were sent to the warden of
the prison and when he didn’t pay up, the prisoners were able to
file claims against his property — and then hired someone to
seize the warden’s property and freeze his bank accounts. At this
point they then demanded to be released from prison before they
would return the property.

Though the plan didn’t work, it shows that the
definition of intellectual property is being pushed to its limits.

Thanks to JR
for the story.

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Caution Dog X-ing

Posted on 18 July 2007 by Ed Z

Tie up your dogs!  Don’t you know the Tour de France is in town?

 

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Vick’s Indictment

Posted on 18 July 2007 by Ed Z

There are some stories I just try to ignore.  They’re there, people read
about it, and everyone soft of knows the details.  But sometimes you read a
bit more and realize the particulars are far worse than you could have
imagined.  As a football fan and a fantasy sports player, I follow
day-to-day news of players and I’ve been reading about Vick’s legal troubles
overt the property he owned but supposedly never used.  What started as a
possible occurrence of dog fighting, had turned into a full blown enterprise
that Vick may have been deeply involved.  And what sets this apart from
just the criminality is the barbarity of the situation.  If true that Vick
had knowledge of all this he has show himself to be a monster.  A
suspension likely and jail a possibility.

When a Bad
Newz Kennels dog was wounded in a losing fight, NFL star Michael
Vick was consulted before the animal was doused with water and
electrocuted. That’s just one of the gruesome details that
emerged Tuesday when the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and three
others were indicted by a federal grand jury…

And that is just the tip of the iceberg.  Just
another chapter in the adventures of Ron
Mexico
Hot
Air
has more.

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The Middle-Age Live Earth Concert

Posted on 11 July 2007 by Ed Z

I wasn’t planning on writing about the Live Earth concert, as I think it
is/was a complete joke.  I’ve read that nearly
a quarter-million air miles were wasted
getting to this thing, 100,000
trees would need to be planted to offset the effects
of the concert, and the
garbage
created showed no evidence of being recycled as promised

So what was this concert really about?  One giant Rubber
Chicken
spread over seven continents.  A catwalk for all these supposed
green celebrities to prance around patting each other on the back over their environmental
achievements.  This was the flavor of the week that made it a place-to-be-seen
event as the photo ops continually presented themselves.  Here is my
favorite assessment, by Roy Spencer
:

[F]olks in the
developed world who feel guilty about pollution decide it’s time
to do something drastic – like throw a worldwide-rock concert.

In the aftermath we find out attendance was low,
ratings were low, performances lacking, and really it was an all around awkward
event.  Nicholas Wapshott, from
the New York Sun
, called the event "middle-aged".  Wikipeda
describes the characteristics of middle-age as adults showing "visible
signs of ageing such as loss of skin elasticity and graying of the hair.
Physical fitness usually wanes, with a… accumulation of body fat, reduction in
aerobic performance and a decrease in maximal heart rate.  Strength and
flexibility also decrease throughout middle age.
"

Could there be any better description of this
fiasco?

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The Monotony of Water

Posted on 09 July 2007 by Ed Z

Increasingly, I’ve been seeing commercials showing me how I can give my water
a jolt of flavor. Crystal Light, which I like to make at home, has a product for
a single serving that you can add to your boring old bottled water or just a
glass of regular tap water.

But that’s not good enough, that plain tasteless water is just too ordinary.
So the folks at PUR have made a water filter system that adds
flavor right at the tap
! Amazing, you’ll never have to taste water again.

Has it really come to this? That even our water is "boring" and
needs to be altered? I’ve met people who say, "I hate drinking water,
there’s no taste, so plain". Hate water? I’m expecting them to follow up
with "You know, air is pretty boring too, there’s no flavor". Soon
we’ll have masks that give our air a nice cherry flavor.

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Independence Day

Independence Day

Posted on 04 July 2007 by Ed Z

“I
am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding Generations as the
great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of
Deliverance by Solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be
solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells,
Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this
Time forward forever more.”
– John Adams

Enjoy the day. God bless America.

 

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Washington’s Painful Sensation

Posted on 03 July 2007 by Ed Z

When I reflect on the meaning of Independence Day I can’t help but marvel at
the founding father’s vision for America.  I’ve also had a longtime
fascination with George Washington’s ability to relinquish his power over the colonial
armies.  The temptation to take their military power and seize control is
so great, history is littered with generals who decided the crown was much more
appealing.  And after the American Revolution, the people and American
soldiers would have gladly named him King Washington
.

Yet Washington found this notion of crowning himself king to be a
"painful sensation".  We should consider ourselves fortunate and
lucky to have had such men, even with all their faults, paving the way for our
future. 

Joyce
Lee Malcolm writes in today’s Wall Street Journal
about our good
fortune.  An article worth looking at.

We were lucky
in our generals. Unlike the commanders of nearly all revolutionary
armies before and since, George Washington resisted the temptation
to seize power. After England’s civil war between King Charles I
and parliament, Oliver Cromwell, Parliament’s leading general,
evicted what remained of parliament and made himself "Lord
Protector." The great expectations of the French Revolution
ended when Napoleon Bonaparte staged a coup against the republican
government and later crowned himself emperor.

Not only do
victorious generals have a nasty habit of taking over, but once an
army becomes entangled in politics it is extraordinarily difficult
to remove it from public affairs. Numerous modern countries have
tried to control their armies and failed.

There was a chance that our country could have
turned out quite differently.  So every year, when July 4 rolls around, I
take a few moments to be thankful for the leaders who founded America.

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