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            Monday, May 31, 2010

            Ashy Or Classy?!? - Burger King BBQ Ribs.

            Despite being a grilling aficionado, one thing I don't particularly care for is ribs. Yes, I make them, mostly because my wife enjoys them, and because I like the challenge, but they're far from my favorite food.[1]

            That said, even though I wouldn't know (or care to know) whether these things are good or totally nasty (my guess), Burger King is for some odd reason now making ribs.
            Burger King Corporation (NYSE: BKC) is firing up guests as the first national fast food hamburger restaurant to dish up authentic, juicy, bone-in pork ribs. The new smokey, slow-cooked BK(TM) Fire-Grilled Ribs -- served with a barbecue dipping sauce and in three serving sizes -- make an ideal snack, add-on item or a more indulgent meal. The BK(TM) Fire-Grilled Ribs are available at participating restaurants for a limited time only.

            "Fall-off-the-bone ribs and summer go hand-in-hand, and now we are excited to be the first national fast food hamburger restaurant to offer our guests an authentic bone-in rib menu offering," said John Schaufelberger, senior vice president, global product marketing and innovation, Burger King Corp. "Our guests' initial reaction to this product has exceeded our expectations, further validating the BURGER KING(R) system's investment in our new game-changing broiler.

            Because of this proprietary cooking technology, we've been able to up the ante in our product development across the board, and BK(TM) Fire-Grilled Ribs are just the beginning of the innovative product line we can offer with this new cooking platform."
            Take THAT Double Down!!

            Sorry, this just looks and sounds disgusting. And they need to quit it with all that "proprietary cooking technology" BS. Anyone who's ever made ribs knows you can't cook them over direct heat, so unless BK's got a smoker out back, chances are these "ribs" are just unfrozen and run through the flame broiler[2] to add char marks. Again, double nasty.



            I suppose if there's a market for the supposedly (I've never tried one, never will) McRib sandwich, someone will like this latest BK atrocity.

            Question: Ashy Or Classy?!? Do you think BK ribs are totally disgusting, or would you try some? What about the McRib?

            [1] Interesting, yet totally unrelated tidbit: Did you know KFC is the most requested "last meal" for people who are about to be executed?

            [2] I worked at BK in high school. If you've never worked fast food and don't know what goes on behind the counter, trust me, you don't wanna know.

            Sunday, May 30, 2010

            CNN "N"-Word FAIL!!!

            No need to lie, if Fox News had done this, I'd be callin' for a boycott right now. Just keepin' it one hunned.

            Saturday, May 29, 2010

            Keep Your Day Job, Sistas.

            Quit now and go to nail school. Or Everest College. Or somethin'.

            Friday, May 28, 2010

            Rest In Peace, Gary Coleman.

            Is Obama F*ckin' Up?!?

            that The White House had former President Clinton act as an intermediary in the Joe Sestak controversy.

            Senior White House advisers asked former President Bill Clinton to talk to Joe Sestak about whether he was serious about running for Senate, and to feel out whether he'd be open to other alternatives, according to sources familiar with the situation.

            According to the sources, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel asked Clinton and his longtime adviser, lawyer Doug Band, to talk to Sestak about the race. It's unclear right now whether the White House will say that Clinton was asked to suggest specific administration positions for Sestak, whether Clinton floated positions on his own, whether Clinton discussed other options not related to the administration, or whether employment even came up at all in the talks.

            But the news that Clinton is at the center of this whole story is noteworthy on its own because of the former president's stature, and underscores how heavily invested the White House was in dissuading Sestak from running. The White House sent Clinton to talk to Sestak because Arlen Specter, constituting the 60th Dem vote in the Senate, was viewed as key to enacting Obama's agenda.

            The White House maintains that Clinton's overtures to Sestak merely constituted an effort to gauge his seriousness about the race, the sources say, adding that Clinton was informally discussing the range of options open to Sestak as part of a larger conversation meant to ascertain Sestak's thinking.
            Lets not be naive here: this sort of political maneuvering happens with every Administration, but more often than not, the guy asked to step aside usually doesn't have a chance of winning, and is sapping resources and time from the frontrunner. In Sestak's case, he had a legitimate chance of winning all along, so it's very fair to presume that the WH viewed him as a threat to their agenda, and thus orchestrated this end-around to try and get him to quit.

            Personally, I never liked Specter, never thought he was anything other than a greasy politrician who switched parties in the name of self-preservation, and wish Obama and Co. hadn't been so quick to embrace him. With Sestak essentially pummelling him in the primary, it shows the WH should have just remained neutral and let the chips fall.

            Since the position Sestak was offered seems to be unpaid, I don't think anything here is illegal, and doubt the story goes any further once the WH releases its statement on the matter. Still, this is a very bad look for Obama, who promised to end politricks as usual and usher in an era of transparency and accountability.

            Speaking of which, I also gotta say that unequivocally, Obama's public actions regarding the BP oil disaster have been totally and completely lacking. Let's not get it twisted here, to assist with the cleanup, and minimize the possible environmental impact on shore. Watching a guy like Bobby Jindal suggest that building man made islands would somehow magically stop a million gallons of leaking oil a day from harming Louisiana is a textbook example of populist idiocy. The Army Corps of Engineers might not be the most reliable agency for obvious reasons, but they evaluated the feasibility of the barrier plan weeks ago and decided against it. So go sit down, Kenneth Parcell Bobby.

            Reality is even if the government had stepped in sooner and taken over the efforts to stop the leak (not to be confused with cleanup efforts, which they are in charge of), we'd still be sitting here today waiting for something to get done. If BP, a company that knows the drilling mechanisms better than anyone can't get this repaired, who in the hell thinks sending in the US military would get things done any quicker? We're more or less stuck with BP. They created the mess, they'll have to fix it, and pay for all the damage this atrocity has caused. Considering how they company cleared $40M in profits (not net, profits!) last year, I don't think they'll have any problem picking up the massive tab for this.

            The problem here, as always, is the issue of public perception. Yes, Obama sent the appropriate federal officials from day one, yes he made a quick stop there himself, and yes, I think he's honest when he says he's been paying attention to the goings on there and will hold BP accountable. But fair or unfair, people expect you to drop everything on your plate and respond with unbridled urgency when there's a disaster of this magnitude. Multi-tasking be damned. No, Obama couldn't go down there with a roll of Bounty and sop up all the oil himself, but it would probably soothe a lot of people's nerves if he at least made the token effort. Maybe if he'd held a press conference sooner, visited more frequently, or done something to make himself more visible, his critics would have less to criticize. But perception, as anyone who looks at the effect the Tea Party has had on Obama's approval ratings knows, is ultimately reality.

            President Bush rightfully gained a reputation as a guy who didn't respond well in times of crisis. Rudy Guiliani was running the nation post 9-11, not Bush, who famously sat stunned in a classroom full of kids for minutes after being told we were under attack. His response to Katrina was equally lax, as he went about his merry way while people drowned. The administration's "flyover" of New Orleans, and justification that it was "unsafe" on the ground only made magnified the perception that Bush just didn't give a f*ck. And when Obama finally returns to the Gulf Coast today, I can't blame folks who see echoes of Bush's "days late, dollars short" address on the ground long after much of Katrina's initial devastation.

            Sure, there are stark differences at play here. BP's disaster was entirely man made and entirely preventable, but ultimately a private sector issue, not a governmental one. Katrina was a man made disaster that was triggered by a natural disaster, that ultimately was magnified by utter and complete incompetence at the state, local, and federal government level. But the net result is the same: two Presidents, both of whom arguably didn't handle things as well as they could of, despite all of the factors that were beyond their control.

            I don't like the "Obama's Katrina analogy" any more than you guys do, but it's hard for me to argue that he's handled this as well as he could have. Smart men learn from the mistakes of their predecessors and don't repeat them.

            Obama's not lookin' so wise right now.

            Question: Is the BP spill becoming Obama's Katrina? What (if anything) could he have done differently? Is perception reality? What's your read on the Sestak issue?

            Get On Your SoapBox Day. (Yeah, Again.)

            Not that you didn't already notice, but it's been a real struggle for me to deliver the usual AB.com quality of daily posts here of late. The Day Job's been kickin' my butt even more than usual, I been back on the road, The Fam needs their time, and something's gotta give. Lately, it's been this blog.

            I appreciate everyone that rolls thru everyday to help keep this thing going. Without you guys, there would be no reason for this blog, so pat yourselves on the back, have a cold one, and enjoy this hard earned 3-day weekend. I d*mn sure will be. Hopefully some extended decompression time will recharge my blogging batteries. Hopefully.

            Anyways, today, the floor is open. You guys have proven to be a relatively self-sustaining online community. So, start some chatter amongst yourselves. Drop links. Get it poppin'. If you've ever wanted to write your own post for the rest of AverageNation™ to respond to, this is your day!

            Thursday, May 27, 2010

            How To Make $10 Million A Year, And Still Be Flat Broke.

            3 Play Thursday - Too Short.

            It's 3 Play Thursday. Today: Legendary Bay Area rapper Too Short.

            Depending on whom you ask, Oakland rapper Too Short is either a trailblazing game-spitter, or a purveyor of the worst kind of misogynistic cRap music. Considering the fact that I've chosen him for 3 Play Thursday, you can prolly guess what side of the debate I fall on. No, I don't particularly care for his tendency to use the word b*tch in every bar, but you can't deny his contributions to the rap game, and any guy who's able to remain employed well into his late 40's in this industry deserves props just on GP. You know what they say, don't hate the player...

            Here's a trio of my favorite Short Dog tunes. Cop them headphones and go in.

            "Blow The Whistle"



            "The Ghetto"



            "I'm A Playa"



            Question: What's your favorite Too Short tune?

            Wednesday, May 26, 2010

            Caption These Photos.

            We Owned The 80's - Mediocre TV & Movies.

            I'm sure it comes of no shock to anyone reading this blog, but I enjoy watching TV. Lots of it. Yes, I read books, and yes, I have a life. But I shole do loves me some teevee. Movies too.

            One thing that constantly irks me about HollyWeird is its lack of originality. For every Avatar, you get a million lousy comic book remakes. This year alone has seen the so-so Clash Of The Titans, and a big screen adaptation of The A-Team is due in theaters very soon. Raise your hand if you are excited about this movie.



            Damnit, does Bradlee Cooper have to be in every movie? Really? And who the heck is this guy playing BA Barakus? He's way too softspoken. Wasn't Terry Crews available? He woulda played a good Mr. T. Not that I care, cause I always thought the original was boring.

            Even worse, now CBS is pulling the lousy Hawaii 5-0 out of the mothballs. Did anyone even like the original Hawaii 5-0? Does anyone remember anything about it other than "book'em Danno" and the theme music?



            Much like that turrible Miami Vice movie a few years ago with Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell, something tells me this TV show won't bear any resemblance to the original other than its location. So again, what's the point?

            Since remaking mediocre 80's TV and films seems to be all the rage right now, how about they do me a solid and try these on for size...

            What's Happenin'? - A show about a trio of corny teenagers who hang out at a greasy spoon everyday after school probably wouldn't be as interesting nowadays. BTW, can someone explain to me why a trio of corny teenagers would hang out at a greasy spoon everyday after school? Did one of them work there, or did they just go so Re-Run could harass Shirley for some free pie? Refresh my memory.

            Howard The Duck - Yeah, it was stupid, and the duck suit was cheesy. But it was a funny movie, and imagine how cool Howard would be in 2010 CGI form.

            Alf - Again, cheesy show, but imagine the CGI possibilities.

            Better Off Dead - "I Want My Two Dollars!" This is one of my favorite movies of all time, and probably the best of those 80's teenage angst films. I don't know who could take John Cusak's place, but still.

            Knight Rider - Ooops. Already happened. And yeah, it sucked.

            V - Ooops. But this remake was actually sorta good.

            Soul Man - This flick about a white guy who takes tanning pills to turn himself black so he can get a minority college scholarship wouldn't fly today either. All the jive talkin' and race jokes would ensure it never got greenlit.

            Back To School - Hard to remake without Rodney Dangerfield.

            The Last American Virgin - The best of those 80's teenage t*t flicks.

            The Dukes Of Hazzard - Triple oops.

            The Last Dragon - This one was rumored a few years back, they'd even signed Samuel Jackson to play Sho-Nuff, then the idea pretty much died. Interestingly, right after the rumors of the remake broke, I started seeing the movie pop up on the channel guide of TV One every other weekend. Mere consequence? Hmmmmmm.

            Question: Got any lousy 80's movies or TV you'd secretly like to see remade? Did you see everything on my list?

            Name That Sample - "We Live In Brooklyn, Baby".

            Name That Sample is simple: I play the original song, you tell me who sampled it. Winner gets a day's supply of Cyber CapriSuns™. As always, no Googling! Google is for losers.



            This classic tune by Roy Ayers has been sampled numerous times. But who can name the most songs that have used these delightful bars?

            Difficulty Level: Difficult. Think hard. This one's strictly for the cratediggers.

            Question: How many songs can you name that used the "We Live In Brooklyn, Baby" sample? Don't be fooled into just listening to the opening bars, or you'll prolly miss half the possible answers. Feel free to cheat and use other commenters' work, but do NOT Google! Google is for losers.

            Tuesday, May 25, 2010

            Open Topic Day.

            . I don't know any of the related parties well enough to make a call on this one, but in a strange way it's refreshing to find a guy making the philandering claims. I'm just sayin', after all those Tiger Babes, we needed a switchup. Chances are this guy's lyin' on his **** just for some free pub, but you gotta wonder why he'd make something like this up. I could see lyin' about gettin' it in with Halle Berry, or somebody like that. Haley is no Halle.

            Is Sestak Lyin'? - Pennsylvania Senate candidate Joe Sestak claims Obama and Co. bribed him with a cushy gubb'ment job if he'd step aside and allow Arlen Specter to win the Democratic primary nod. Of course, Sestak beat Specter handily, and now he's singin' like a bird. The White House is denying everything. Personally, I believe Sestak, but don't really see the point in bringing this up after the fact. You won. Keep it movin'. Chances are you'll prolly need Obama on your side at some point, and you don't want any ill will. Shut up already.

            Fergie's Under-The-Table Money - Man, has there been a more humiliating case of "the ***** set me up" since Marion Barry's episode?

            Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Care - It doesn't effect me in any way, shape, or form, but I suppose any advance in civil rights is good for all humanity.

            Put The Brooms Up - I spoke too soon. Both the Tragic and the Suns managed a win, which I'm sure makes the folks at TNT happy, but only prolongs the inevitable Lakers/Suns Final.

            Cavs Fire Mike Brown - I have no idea how this marginally talented James Evans lookalike ever got the sweet gig coaching Lebron, but aften getting outclassed year after year in the playoffs, Mike Brown finally got his walking papers. All jokes aside, he seems like a classy guy, and did a good job of managing egos. BTW, Stan Van Gundy should also on the the hot seat.

            Question: What you got to say? Speak on it.

            Monday, May 24, 2010

            AB.com NewsBriefs.

            I'm workin' harder than usual today. We're talkin' Hebrew slave hard. Here's the rundown.

            Sarah Palin Has Some Competition - Is it just me, or does this Rand Paul guy seem like he could give Sarah Palin a run for the title of Ruler Of All Morons. Last week, he essentially told Obama to fall back on his harsh criticism of BP for that little oil spill down on the Gulf. Predictably, when the backlash came, Rand tucked and ran, cancelling a long scheduled visit to Sunday's Meet The Press. Anxious to regain her crown as Ultimate Victim, Palin took to Fox News Sunday. Oddly, even though Palin fancies herself as a champion for special needs children, and Paul idiotically questioned the need for the Americans with Disabilities Act, Chris Wallace doesn't bother pressing her on this.



            Call me crazy, but something about her looks a little different. She actually looks, dare I say, good. Or maybe it's just YouTube's super duper HD clip. Yeah, prolly.

            Michael Steele, Just Go Ahead And Off' Yourself - Come on, Magic Mike, don't you draw the line somewhere? Tapdancing is bad enough as is, but putting on blackface and essentially defending Rand Paul's stance that would have still had you drankin' out the colored folks fountain? Well, that's just plain shameless.



            Damn Mike, grow a pair, already. You'll be kicked to the curb come November, go out with guns blazin'.

            Texas Textbooks - Man, what a travesty. Repainting the civil rights movement to make MLK and The Black Panthers ideological soul mates. No hip hop at all. More country北京体彩网官方网站 music than ever? Slavery gets airbrushed into the "Atlantic triangular trade"? Maybe we'd better start pressing for vouchers and school choice, because our kids really ain't learnin' jack now.

            No Magic, Here - Man, did anyone else think we'd be staring at a Lakers/Celtics NBA Finals just 3 weeks ago? I sure as heck didn't, and chances are, this may be the most competitive, entertaining Finals evar. Who ya'll got? Honestly, I can't call it, and won't try to. These two teams are too evenly matched.

            Question: Who's got the clueless victim game on lock? Palin or Paul? Why is Mike Steele defending Paul? Who you got in the NBA Finals?

            Laugh Break: Craig Robinson.

            Most folks prolly just know Craig Robinson as "that black guy with the afro in all those white movies". And yeah, that's about all I knew him for too, but after Hot Tub Time Machine, it looks like dude's his the way up. While there aren't many black comedians doing big box office numbers right now, this guy keeps working and working, and sooner or later he'll get his own flick.

            Till then, enjoy this hilarious scene from Zack And Miri. The language is very unsafe for cube dwellers, and features multiple mentions of the "N" and "C" words. Still, tell me you didn't die laughing. I could watch this scene on repeat for hours.

            Sunday, May 23, 2010

            The World's Oldest Liturgical Dancer.

            Church folks, just stop it already. Stop it!!!

            Hang tight till the 2 minute mark, or you'll completely miss it.

            Saturday, May 22, 2010

            I Want My Two Dollars!

            I know this isn't supposed to be funny, and this guy clearly has some mental issues, but sheesh, is this hilarious.

            Friday, May 21, 2010

            Rand Paul Doesn't Care About Black People.

            AB Goes To The Movies: Just Wright.

            Poll Position: We Gettin' Obama Money!!!

            Last week, when the Dow was yo-yo'ing, I wondered how everyone else's 401k looked, so I posed a simple question: Under Obama, has your financial situation gotten better or worse?

            The answers were pretty predictable.

            So, most of ya'll say things aren't much different under Obama than under Bush. I guess if I gotta look at everything in aggregate, I'd say I'm slightly better off. My retirement savings are finally rebounding to something resembling the pre-recession numbers, mostly because I wisely reallocated to some very conservative holdings when I saw the ship sinking. After some nervous moments early last year, my Day Job is on stable footing, and I've even gotten a promotion. But my 北京体彩网官方网站's value has bottomed out, and will probably take another decade to get back to what I purchased it for. Then again, with the Making Work Pay tax credit, among other things, I got a great tax refund this year. So, mixed bag I suppose.

            What say ye'?

            Question: Has your financial situation improved, gotten worse, or stayed the same since Obama took office.

            Thursday, May 20, 2010

            AB.com Guest Post - Highway To A Husband?!? Damn, Sistas, Are Ya'll Really This Thirsty?!?

            goes in on the strange case of Julia Yarbough. Show our guest some love you-know-where.]

            A friend hipped me to the tale of former Miami TV anchor Julia Yarbough last week, telling me how Yarbough decided to quit her job of more than 22 years in television to "find a husband." Really. Stop laughing. REALLY! There's a Web site and everything! It's called Highway to a Husband! FOR REAL! , then come back here to discuss. It's OK. I can wait!

            Are you back yet? Did you even leave? Never mind. So, right. This woman, Julia Yarbough, she straight up quit her job and has hit the road with her BFF and is now cruising to national parks and whatnot in search of that elusive unicorn -- available, marriagble penis. Maybe they stopped making penis in Miami. Or Florida. Or the southern United States. I dunno. I see available penis everywhere and I'm in a city that is considered to have the worst marriage prospects in the country北京体彩网官方网站. Yet, PENIS! EVERYWHERE! Heyyyy, Penis! What's up? Lookin' good today. Call me.

            From Highway To a Husband:

            My name is Julia and I'm single. I have had an amazing and exciting career (22 years in the TV news biz), awesome travels, excellent friends and amazing adventures. But even with all that, there’s still something missing: a solid and loving relationship. I've tried everything I can think of - set-ups from friends, blind dates, on-line dating services.... still - NOTHING!

            After lots of soul searching, I have decided the best way to find “my” Mr. Right is to shake things up. Drastically change my life.

            I walked away from a comfortable income and a life of security. Drastic -yes. But, I knew I was starting to lose faith in the possibility of true love. (Check out my blog “Big Bears and a Manly Man” and read the “Dear John –email” I recently received and you’ll understand why!!!)

            So, for the sake of my own heart and for all the singles out there searching for love, I am hitting the road on what I know will be a life-altering journey.
            I have to admit a bias. I always thought it was easier for on-air, attractive TV people to find dates than for us print journalism folks. I mean, it's like every day you advertise yourself while describing that crash pile up on the 405. And I'd read about, known countless TV reporters, anchors and weather jockeys who all ended up marrying either within the industry or surgeons or lawyers or local celebrities or those wealthy, upwardly mobile society types. The kind whose last names mean something. After all, you're almost always hosting charity balls and ending up on the cover of local magazines for being so smart, newsy and attractive.

            [Editor's Note: I also wrongly assumed a woman like this wouldn't have any issue finding a man. Sheeit, an attractive young lady reading the news in a major media market like DC or Miami is damn near celebrity status. That said, The HighwayToAHusband website is a hot mess of product placement and hiking videos. I smell a Grand Hu$tle here.]

            Honestly, I had no clue it was hard for TV people to meet people. Your whole job as a reporter is to meet people. It's all you really do. And this woman was in Miami! It's not like she was news anchoring in Podunk, Alabama (No disrespect to Podunk). Are prospects that bad? Local CBS anchor Vickie Newton in St. Louis was able to find a good hubby and she was in ST. LOUIS! I'm not comparing you to Vickie Newton (who my parents are huge fans of, but that's beside the point), but ... you know? I'm just sayin ... You're disproving my theory that being on TV increases your chances at dates.



            And I can understand moving to increase your dating prospects. That was among the many reasons I moved to the East Coast (along with career, diversity and "It's not St. Louis"). And I totally get the notion of getting serious about dating when looking for a mate. You have to be in it to win it. Heck. You could hire a matchmaker. I actually know one personally! I could introduce you! But I don't get the quit your job part -- UNLESS there's a TV show part and a book deal part and movie rights part. Then it all makes BRILLIANT sense. You get two snaps up from me then, girlfriend. I'm nodding my head in agreement. I'm quoting "Player's Club" and telling you to make that money but don't let the money make you.

            But, you know? To actually leave a lucrative career in THIS job market to find a husband when marriage is not a guarantee of happiness and to treat marriage like it's some thing on your life checklist along with a house, a car, milk and eggs. I don't get that. I want to get married, but ... you know? I'm just going to keep plugging away at the blog and my writing career WHILE going on dates and meeting new, interesting people. It's called MULTI-TASKING. Not to knock 北京体彩网官方网站girl's hustle. (As I said, if this is for a book deal, she's a marketing GENIUS ...) But if it's not ...

            Good luck, you crazy woman!

            Question: Is Julia Yarbough's search for a husband a stroke of relationship and marketing genius, or pure, pathetic desperation? Single fellas, would you categorize a woman like this as daringly assertive/attractive, or frighteningly thirsty/desperate/pressed?

            Rebb'n Wright Says Obama Threw Him Under The Bus? Negro Please.



            [1] To Rebb'n Wright's credit: at least he didn't bark.

            Wednesday, May 19, 2010

            John Wall Or Evan Turner?!?

            and , you are welcome two sites which are having & but we guarantee our to our customers.

            Some folks think Turner makes more positional sense because the Wiz already have Arenas. That's beyond silly. The Wizards ranked in the bottom third of NBA attendance last year. With the rise of hockey and baseball in DC, they are now solidly 4th in the local pro sports pecking order. Picking Evan Turner, nice a player as he might be, will not sell any jerseys or get anyone to renew season tickets. Sure, he could be the next Brandon Roy, but he could also be the next Calbert Cheaney. Do-it-all swingmen come along every year. Game-changing point guards do not.

            Besides, I'm always a bit leery of college players who rack up eye-popping stats mostly because they were so much better than their teammates and needed to do everything. Turner needed to grab 9 rebs, and dish out 6 assists a game, because his fellow Buckeyes weren't worth sh*t. Wall, on the other hand, played with 4 other guys who'll likely be first rounders. Big difference. And his stats were still pretty good.

            Besides, when teams ignore obvious talent and try to "pick for need" early on the results can sometimes be disastrous. Hawks' fans (all 4 of ya'll), how's that Marvin Williams thing working out for ya'? Wouldn't the Blazers look much better with Kevin Durant? What if the Pistons had skipped Darko and chosen D-Wade, Bosh, or Melo?

            Again, pick the best freakin' player!!!! Let the chips fall where they may.

            Wall and Arenas can co-exist. The Zards began running a "two-guard" offensive system at the end of last season in anticipation of his return, and by all accounts Wall is an unselfish player who knows how to fit into a team concept. Common sense would dictate that you give them at least a season to see if it works out. If it doesn't work out, the team can find some creative ways of dumping Gil, be it via lopsided trade or buyout. Wall's the future. Period.

            Adding Wall to a nucleus of young, but unproven players who got the opportunity to play during last year's throwaway season more of less guarantees this team can battle for a playoff spot this season. Add in a few smart free agent pickups (I personally like the idea of going after Rudy Gay), and if nothing else, I've got reason to keep my Wizards bobblehead collection in my office for another year without shame.

            Go Wizards!

            Question: Should the Wizards pick the best player available, or simply go for the best fit?

            Carrie Prejean: Take Two.

            Michelle-O's Obesity Battle: Sound Policy Or Too Much Gubb'ment?!?

            that it's a case of Big Brother telling your kids what to eat.

            In a direct response to Michelle Obama's declared war on childhood obesity, an alliance of major food manufacturers on Monday pledged to introduce new, more healthful options, cut portion sizes and trim calories in existing products.

            The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a coalition including Campbell Soup, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Kellogg, Kraft Foods and PepsiCo, will slash 1 trillion calories by the end of 2012 and 1.5 trillion calories by the end of 2015. The 16 members make 20-25 percent of food

            The announcement is one of the first substantial results of the first lady's "Let's Move!" campaign, which aims to end childhood obesity within a generation. The industry's pledge comes two months after Obama urged food corporations "to move farther, faster" and less than a week after the White House announced the findings of its Childhood Obesity Task Force.

            The industry has been under pressure from the first lady and from state and local governments considering junk-food taxes and other anti-obesity measures.

            Missing from the announcement were any specifics on the new products or cuts that will be made to existing items. But White House officials stressed that the companies will be held accountable.
            I'm not really sure how/why anyone thinks manufacturing healthier food options is such a problem. No, removing junk food from school vending 北京体彩网官方网站, and creating low calorie Ho Ho's isn't going to solve the obesity crisis all by itself. Getting companies to offer more healthy food will likely not hurt their bottom lines, and nobody is going to mandate what foods parents put in their kids' mouths. That's not even legally possible. So relax and eat your Cheetos, middle America. Barack isn't coming for your guns, and Michelle isn't coming for your Krisy Kremes.

            When 1/3 of all kids are overweight, there's a problem that needs to be addressed, and I applaud the First Lady for doing something to help.

            Question: Does Michelle Obama's effort to get companies to make healthier food seem like sound policy to you, or is it yet another example of the tyranny of gubb'ment oversight?

            Name That Sample - "Searching".

            Name That Sample is simple: I play the original song, you tell me who sampled it. Winner gets a day's supply of Cyber CapriSuns™. As always, no Googling! Google is for losers.



            This classic tune by Roy Ayers is probably one of my 20 most favoritest songs of all time. It has been sampled numerous times. But who can name the most songs that have used these delightful bars?

            Difficulty Level: Moderate. Think hard.

            Question: How many songs can you name that used the "Searching" sample? Don't be fooled into just listening to the opening bars, or you'll prolly miss half the possible answers. Feel free to cheat and use other commenters' work, but do NOT Google! Google is for losers.

            Tuesday, May 18, 2010

            Praying For John Wall.

            I did something last night that I've never done in my 36 29 years of life. I actually prayed to God to determine the outcome of a sporting event.

            No, I'm not talking about Lakers/Suns, cause I'm not even sure the man upstairs could have held Kobe under 30 last night.[1] I'm talking about tonight's NBA Draft Lottery, also known as The Donald Sterling Invitational, during which the draft order of non-playoff teams will be determined. For those clueless, this also will determine which team lands Kentucky PG, and fellow Raleigh, NC native, John Wall, a guy considered the best pure prospect to enter the game since King James himself.

            Wall is the kind of player that will sell millions of jerseys, and likely rescue a franchise from the dregs of the Association for the next decade. Heck, the guy's so marketable he even started a pseudo dance craze in his single year at college.



            And yes, I want the Wizards to end up with that #1 pick, so the vestiges of our recent season from Hell become distant memory. Of course, the franchise's turrible history in the lottery makes this likely another disappointing night. In 12 of the team's 13 lottery appearances, they've either lost positioning or failed to move up. The single time they did advance, they actually got the #1 pick. Any NBA fan knows just how well that one worked out.



            So, we'll see. Please Lord, let them balls fall in the right order.

            Amen.

            Question: Which team most DESERVES to win the John Wall Sweepstakes?

            [1] Jest, folks. It's called jest.

            Does President Obama Hate White People?!?

            , where Nashville sits, in 2008, by a 60/40 margin.

            I seriously doubt that Obama, or anyone in the Administration, didn't help folks in Nashville because they were "rednecks". The President in fact , and called the Governors of both states immediately after the floods. The Administration sent Cabinet level officials to both states immediately, and by all accounts, FEMA has been working with local officials and residents. Millions of dollars have already been issued in the form of individual assistance to tens of thousands of local residents.

            Nobody is saying things in Tennessee, or any other flood effected regions will miraculously bounce back to normal overnight. But to presume that the White House did nothing, when this can be easily debunked with a quick Google search is beyond reckless.

            If Elder has any beef, it should be with the media. But if you consider everything else going on at the time (Times Square bomber, BP oil spill, Dow collapse), it's sorta understandable why the story hasn't quite gotten the same level of attention as a man-made disaster in New Orleans that left thousands stranded and hundred dead when government at all levels failed to act effectively. By most accounts, this isn't the case in Nashville.

            While I laud folks like Taylor Swift for stepping up and providing financial assistance to those in need, I don't really understand how Kayne West's reckless (if not somewhat true) statement about the media's racial trickery post-Katrina, as well as Bush's cowardly "flyover" applies, or how it somehow shows that Obama (who famously called West's actions toward swift as those of a "jackass") doesn't care about White people. This just looks like yet another Conservative taking the usual swipe at liberal minorities with the whole "do for self, stay off the gubb'ment teet" line of thinking. All while complaining that the gubb'ment didn't do enough to help otherwise self-sufficient Conservatives. Because, as we know, acts of nature can only make victims of liberals.

            Larry Elder may play a Judge on TV, but that doesn't make this ignorant, self-hating Negro qualified to somehow paint the President as hostile toward Whites. Try harder, a$$hole. Or better yet, don't try at all.

            Maybe Larry Elder doesn't care (enough) about Black people.

            Question: Does Larry Elder have a point about Obama's lack of empathy< towards those of the Caucasian Persuasion? Should the Present have travelled to Nashville, or did he do enough by sending along Cabinet-level personnel and resources?

            Monday, May 17, 2010

            By The Time I Get To Arizona...