Archive | January, 2008

Steroids, Scandal and Silence

Posted on 30 January 2008 by Ed Z

Sometimes a story seems beyond reality.  Or, more precisely, it deals
with people who are far removed from our reality.  Such is the case with
the Mitchell report and steroid use in baseball.  The cast of characters
are millionaires whose lofty status put some of them as posters on young
baseball fans’ walls.

The story came a little closer to home recently, with a pharmacy in my
neighborhood of Bay Ridge being implicated in steroid sales to some New York
police officers.  The Lowen’s Pharmacy was also mentioned in the Mitchell
report and co owner, John
Rossi committed suicide Monday night
.

John Rossi, 56, of Lowen’s
Pharmacy in Bay Ridge, was found slumped on the floor near his
son-in-law’s desk in a second-floor office over the store at 7
p.m.

He had shot himself once in
the head, sources said. A .380-caliber handgun was still in his
hand.

Lowen’s was raided last May,
when medical records and millions of dollars worth of
performance-enhancing drugs were seized.

Police sources said
prescriptions were filled there by several cops. Using steroids
violates NYPD policy.

Rossi "was a different
person after that," said customer Barbara Rosentreter.
"You could see the worry in his face."

Five cops failed subsequent
tests and face departmental charges, a source said. Rossi had not
been charged.

The raid was part of a
wide-ranging probe by Albany DA David Soares into illegal
prescription-drug sales that allegedly involved a slew of
major-league ballplayers, including former Yankee stars Roger
Clemens and Andy Pettitte.

The probe targeted steroid
suppliers.

The Lowen’s raid in May -
and another in October – were mentioned in last month’s bombshell
Mitchell report, which documented the use of steroids in Major
League Baseball.

Some are speculating that there is mob involvement and Rossi’s
death may have been a way to keep him quiet.  the New
York Daily News
describes an odd scene  that resembles a hit more than
a suicide.

The Bay Ridge businessman’s
death was as gruesome as a mob hit. Authorities say he fired one
bullet from a .380 automatic Beretta into his chest – but missed
all vital organs, either though nerves or poor aim.

Bleeding, he then pointed
the handgun at his head and pulled the trigger, authorities said.

I pass this pharmacy every day on the way to work and there was
police activity around 8am Tuesday morning.  Lowen’s has been a fixture in
Bay Ridge as long as I can remember and as I mentioned above, even the most far
off scandals can turn up right in your backyard.

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Military = Pornography?

Posted on 28 January 2008 by Ed Z

In
a liberal’s mind, the United States military is just like pornography
.

“In the same way that many
communities limit the location of pornographic stores, that’s
the same way we feel about the military recruiting stations,”
said PhoeBe sorgen, an initiative proponent and a member of the
city’s Peace and Justice Commission. “Teenagers that really
want to find them will be able to seek them out and find them, but
we don’t want them in our face.”

And I would guess, if given the choice, they would rater a porn
shop than a military recruiting center.  Blinded by hatred and overflowing
with contempt for our armed forces, was there ever a statement that so clearly
illustrates how a leftie feels about our fighting men and women?

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Anti-Islamic Activity

Posted on 28 January 2008 by Ed Z

Water it down.  Confuse people.  And at all costs, portray Islam as
the victim.  Mark Steyn’s piece
shows us how
.

My favorite headline of the
year so far comes from The Daily Mail in Britain: "Government
Renames Islamic Terrorism As ‘Anti-Islamic Activity’ To Woo
Muslims."

Her Majesty’s Government is
not alone in feeling it’s not always helpful to link Islam and
the, ah, various unpleasantnesses with suicide bombers and
whatnot.

It is so clear now how didn’t I see it?.  Killing 3,000
people on September 11, was "Anti-Islamic Activity".

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You Think You Got it Bad?

Posted on 24 January 2008 by Ed Z

Check
this out…

The French bank Société
Générale stunned financial markets today by revealing that it
had been the victim of one of the largest frauds by a rogue trader
— losing four times as much as Nick Leeson, the man who sank
Barings.

The second-biggest French
bank said that it had lost €4.9 billion (£3.7 billion) as a
result of the rogue trades by a Paris-based trader who concealed
his positions through "a scheme of elaborate fictitious
transactions".

SocGen was forced today into
an emergency €5.5 billion capital-raising to shore up its
ravaged balance sheet.

Suddenly I don’t feel so bad about my current portfolio.

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Yahoo’s Version of News

Yahoo’s Version of News

Posted on 23 January 2008 by Ed Z

Last night it was just a news headline but now it is a featured story.

And check out how it is presented.  935 false statements, and there must
be more because of the little magnifying glass telling you to find more, and
finally the military death toll in Iraq.  That latter info obviously there
to say they died for lies.  Shame on Yahoo for such transparent tactics.

It took me 2 minutes to find out that the people behind the study, the Center for
Public Integrity, are a Soros backed group.  The integrity of this study
should be questioned.

Bryan
from Hot Air
has more:

In any case, by stopping the
research at 2001, the story is set-up to misreport the facts. The
Clinton administration spent years warning the public of the
threat of Saddam and his WMD. They even bombed a pharma factor in
Sudan on the suspicion that it was making WMD for both al Qaeda
and Iraq. So the story either unintentionally or by design left
out years of context.

Whatever the motivation, it’s
clear that the reporter, Douglas K. Daniel, paid no attention to
the man behind the curtain. The Center for Public Integrity is one
of many George Soros fronts. Soros pays the bills and his minions,
whether they happen to work at the CPI or the Center for American
Progress or Media Matters or wherever, dance to his tune. And
Soros has made it his life’s work to bring down the Bush
administration. He says it’s the “central focus of my life.”
Do you think people paid to to “research” by a man with that
stated mission are likely to deliver unbiased findings?

It is no different than the
Lancet study
.  All anti-war, anti-Bush propaganda made up to be unbiased
research.

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Distractions

Posted on 22 January 2008 by Ed Z

The war is over.  Haven’t you heard?  Or more specifically, not
heard
?

It would seem that the war in Iraq is over since you never hear about it
anymore.  That it has gone from an quagmire to a winnable campaign is
noting more than a sideshow (if that) to MSM that now has switched its focus on
the "impending recession".

It is quite simple really, since there is no bad news out of Iraq that can
discredit the current administration, there is no news.  There is aside
effect to this however, we’re lulled into a false sense of security.

Kyle-Anne
Shiver of American Thinker explains:

Unless the Koran has been
thoroughly re-written, scrubbed clean of its myriad injunctions to
violent means of spreading the "faith," or unless the
Prophets’ followers have suddenly decided that there might not
actually be 72 gorgeous virgins waiting for them in paradise
because they’ve succeeded in blowing the rest of us to kingdom
come, then there is still a war on. It’s real. It’s deadly. And
it’s going to have to be won by one side or the other.

It’s already reared its ugly
head sporadically for 14 centuries, and shows no sign of abating
just because we prefer to bury our heads.

If you don’t believe this,
ask Israel.

Take a look at the little
Iranian with the messiah complex, who is exploring nuclear
"energy."

Give a peek at the situation
in Pakistan, with its nuclear arsenal.

Then look over the border to
Afghanistan, where the Taliban is gaining again in strength.

And before you vote, ask
yourself just one question:

If we aren’t safe in our
homes and workplaces from another catastrophe like 9/11, will the
price of your bread really matter?

I’m tired of hearing that there is no enemy; that it is all a
fabrication.  Smoke and mirrors.  They’re out there and they are
plotting to kill us and unless we stay vigilant, they are bound to
succeed.  Don’t let the media distract you from the real problems.

Thanks to Morpheus for the article.

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Giants Defeat Packers – Superbowl Bound!

Posted on 22 January 2008 by Ed Z

One of the best games I’ve seen in a long time.

 

After Tynes missed the field goal to win it in regulation I was ready to
throw my television out the window.  Thank goodness he redeemed himself.

Also, I thought the officiating was one sided in favor of the Packers. 
I know having Favre going to the Superbowl was the sexy story but don’t let it
get in the way of calling a fair game.

Oh and that clip from Coming to America is freaky!

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Cloverfield

Posted on 20 January 2008 by Ed Z

Because I know everyone is worried, I just want to let you all know that New
York is still here.  There is no monster and I have not been stepped
on.  It is just a movie prank.

I have this philosophy on movie trailers.  Whenever I see one that looks
really cool I think to myself, "someone got paid a lot of money to make
this look good."

So I as very skeptical of trailers that really grab you, since my main
afterthought is, "this movie will probably suck."

Ever since I saw the Cloverfield trailer, I had this feeling.  It looked
interesting, had some cool special effects, and who doesn’t like to see New York
all blown up?  But the whole secrecy of the monster and plot had me
thinking it could be a big let down.  I think it might be the case.

I like spolers, so I’m giving you fair warning, the following link pretty
much summarizes the whole movie as seems to be verified by other readers on the
site.

**Warning Movie Spoilers**

ohnotheydidnt:
cloverfield spoilers

And if you’re really curious, here is a photo of the
monster
.

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Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day

Posted on 18 January 2008 by Ed Z

The
Baltimore Sun covers a global warming protest.

It snowed, but they still
came. A heavy snowfall blanketed a global warming protest outside
the State House in Annapolis this morning, but it did not dampen
the shouts of about 400 activists who urged lawmakers to pass the
nation’s toughest greenhouse gas control law.

Heh, that photo speaks for itself.

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The Stall Next to Yours

Posted on 16 January 2008 by Ed Z

The
lines between public and private are further blurred.

In an effort to help Sen.
Larry Craig, the American Civil Liberties Union is arguing that
people who have sex in public bathrooms have an expectation of
privacy.

Craig, of Idaho, is asking
the Minnesota Court of Appeals to let him withdraw his guilty plea
to disorderly conduct stemming from a bathroom sex sting at the
Minneapolis airport.

The ACLU filed a brief
Tuesday supporting Craig. It cited a Minnesota Supreme Court
ruling 38 years ago that found that people who have sex in closed
stalls in public restrooms "have a reasonable expectation of
privacy."

I’m not interested in how this relates to Larry Craig as much as I am curious
as to the definition of "privacy" in a public area.  If  I
am using a stall, I expect that I will have some degree of privacy for the
intended use of the stall.  But to say that someone has the right to have
sex in a stall and the law should protect their privacy is a stretch.

How about other people’s privacy?  Their right to use the bathroom
without someone having sex in the next stall.  We’re not talking about
hotel rooms.  So can a prostitute turn a trick in a stall and a warrant is
needed to enter?  Where is the common sense?

Via Drudge

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