Archive for July, 2007

Rob Mackowiak Deal

July 31st, 2007 No comments

Sox Grade For Trades :C

Rob Mackowiak is a great utilityman for a great team but only a fair starter. He is not the future of any position and while the Sox are in a hunt to search out for talented players, I think that Mackowiak was a piece that was probably worth more to another team than the Sox. As with the deal for Iguchi, the Sox pretty much got some young arm we might see in a couple years.

I think that if things go the way as scheduled we will see a completely different lineup on Opening Day 2008. I can see Uribe being shopped as well as Crede as it looks like Josh Fields is a keeper at 3B.

Jerry Owens seems logical to open the season in center but I still have some doubts as a leadoff hitter. There has to be some question as well about whether they will bring Dye and Pods back.

Richar will get his opportunity to prove himself this season and if he doesn’t expect to maybe see Iguchi back with the team.

They signed Buerhle which was the cornerstone of the team and they still need to revamp their bullpen. That has to be their biggest issue this offseason.

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Bergman yesterday and Today Antonioni

July 31st, 2007 No comments

To be honest, I have not seen as much of either of their works that I should. Part of the issues behind living in a disposable world of the great ole US of A is that it looks down upon great cinema. However it is easy to say that both have made lasting impressions in their professions.

Fanny and Alexander

For me, Fanny and Alexander was the best of Bergman. For those of you that have not seen this film I would highly recommend you picking up the full 5 hour Criterion Collection version and not the 3 hour version that cuts out, well, 40% of the film.

Antonioni's Blow Up

For Antonioni, the most popular film of his has to be Blow Up, the 60’s artsy thriller with enough weird cameo appearances such as the Yardbirds to Jane Birkin to fill your brain with. The movie is dated somewhat, however I must suggest that I find how the word “Dated” is used. If you make a period piece, isn’t that dated too?  But making important films in the present can feel odd when the cultural behaviors are represented poorly. I, however, find that more realistic rather than dated. The movie became popularized because of its sex scenes that in todays standards are somewhat dull and boring. It is still a fascinating film that leaves you with more questions than answers.

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Michael Vick is an Idiot

July 29th, 2007 No comments

Michael Vick Is an Idiot

Michael Vick is an Idiot

After finding out the charges against Michael Vick, the first thought that came to mind was that if he was a player on the Chicago Bears, I do not think that I could be a fan of the Chicago Bears if he suited up with the team. I thought to myself how could I root for someone to win who I would so viciously abhor? The scenario came up last season when the Chicago Bears defensive tackle, Tank Johnson violated his probation. I had a difficult time as well rooting for the team, however, his actions were a lot less serious than Vick’s are.

And while I have listened to the critics that feel that Vick is not getting his day in court, from what I have heard from the charges, there was no doubt dogfighting going on in a house that he owned, and not just a small amount of it. We know this pretty much for sure.

The question of course is how much or if any did Michael Vick participate in it. My conclusion would be that if Michael Vick did not participate in any of it and had no idea what was going on in this house, then he is at least an idiot, and no less than that.

If you are a sports star and you are not watching over your properties, money, etc. then you should because this is a great example of a scenario whereby even if Michael Vick had nothing to do with the events at his house, his life is pretty much ruined.

How can you live your life and not have an idea of what is going on in a property that you own – and if you have friends or associates there, that they are not looking out for your best interests?

So either, as some of you out there say, he is innocent like the scenario above or he is did have knowledge of it which would make him of course . . . an idiot.

I dare you to see some of gruesome photos of dogfighting, that these animals are not trained to be companions of humans but that they are trained to kill.

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July 28th, 2007 No comments

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Will GOP Back out of CNN YouTube Debate?

July 28th, 2007 No comments

Interesting to see this.

I watched some of the CNN YouTube Debate and I thought it was just alright and thought that CNN advertised it way too much. I seem to always have CNN on the TV if for anything for background noise when I am in the need of some.

That being said, the questions and segments were repeated ad nauseum to the point where it was getting a little silly.

However, at the same time what the YouTube debate did provide was bring some color to the questions rather than just a standard debate. Elections have gotten to the point where the best candidate does not win but the best advertising campaign wins. I think that the YouTube debate mixed things up a little bit whereby CNN picked and chose the types of questions that might be good for television.

While CNN is obviously the most left of the cable news stations, they are not the voice of liberals, at least according to Michael Moore who has gone on rants about CNN and his new movie ‘Sicko’. And one of the faces of the station ‘Lou Dobbs’, I could hardly consider to be a liberal, Larry King is in La La land, Wolf Blitzer seems to be more neutral which pits Anderson Cooper as the most liberal, however, I find him to be more compassionate rather than trying to promote a liberal cause. This is not Bill O’Reilley or Sean Hannity we are talking about.

It is true that there is a divide in American politics. As the news organizations and programs take their sides, and candidates can take advantage of that now.

It would be a shame of the GOP backed out of it.

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Life and How to Live It

July 27th, 2007 No comments

I have been terrible as far as updating this site. I think one of the things that I have been mulling over in my head as far as having a direction and a purpose for this other than just a “Personal Blog”. I have an R.E.M. site that everyone is probably aware of that does have a purpose – and lately it has also taken much more of my time up, which is not a complaint whatsoever.  However, saying things like “My Life Sucks” seems quite ridiculous. So much has gone on and there is so much to talk about. I promise to be better and brilliant at the same time.  

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Michael Moore vs. CNN

July 11th, 2007 No comments

Michael Moore is an idiot. I applaud him for attacking the healthcare industry but all too much he likes to package healthcare into a neat package that is seemingly easy for good ole Americans to understand.

Michael Moore was on Larry King tonight debating with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the medical correspondent for CNN over some of the facts and figures that Michael Moore claimed that CNN had ambushed over a piece that Gupta ran on Sicko.

I admire Michael Moore for standing up for what he believes but arguing with individuals such as Gupta is just pointless. The argument over Cuba is ridiculous. Sure Cubans don’t have to pay that much for healthcare and it doesn’t really matter what statistics that Gupta or Moore were bringing up. The fact is that due to Fidel Castro’s policies of preventing Cubans from leaving the country, there would be no way that Cuban doctors could survive with that cheap of healthcare without Communist policies. Once they open the borders, Cuban physicians would flee and the result would be inflation.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta clearly beat up Michael Moore in their war of words, flustering Michael Moore on several points such as his belief that countries that have government sponsored healthcare get it for free.

I think that Michael Moore has a way of making things look black and white.

Gupta agreed with Michael Moore’s belief that ther are problems with healthcare. Working in the healthcare industry myself I am inclined to believe both of them but I also caution that healthcare is not an easy switch that we can turn on and off. It’s a very complex issue that goes way beyond just the issue of commercial vs. social medicine.

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