Saturday, August 4, 2007
Rome, Italy 02 August 2007 01:59
A Sicilian mother took away her 61-year-old son's house keys, cut off his allowance and hauled him to the police station because he stayed out late.Tired of her son's misbehaviour, the pensioner in the central Sicilian city of Caltagirone turned to the police to "convince this blockhead" to behave properly, La Sicilia, one of Sicily's leading newspapers, reported on Thursday.The son responded by saying his mother did not give him a big enough weekly allowance and did not know how to cook."My son does not respect me, he doesn't tell me where he's going in the evenings and returns home late," the woman was quoted as saying. "He is never happy with the food I make and always complains. This can't go on."Police helped the squabbling duo make up and the two returned home together, with the son's house keys and daily allowance restored.Most Italian men still live at home late into their 30s, enjoying their "mamma's" cooking, washing and ironing. -- Reuters
Friday, August 3, 2007
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo’s campaign stood by his assertion that bombing holy Muslim sites would serve as a good “deterrent” to prevent Islamic fundamentalists from attacking the United States, his spokeswoman said Friday.
“This shows that we mean business,” said Bay Buchanan, a senior Tancredo adviser. “There’s no more effective deterrent than that. But he is open-minded and willing to embrace other options. This is just a means to deter them from attacking us.”
On Tuesday, Tancredo warned a group of Iowans that another terrorist attack would “cause a worldwide economic collapse.” IowaPolitics.com recorded his comments.
“If it is up to me, we are going to explain that an attack on this homeland of that nature would be followed by an attack on the holy sites in Mecca and Medina,” Tancredo said. “That is the only thing I can think of that might deter somebody from doing what they would otherwise do. If I am wrong, fine, tell me, and I would be happy to do something else. But you had better find a deterrent, or you will find an attack.”
Tom Casey, a deputy spokesman for the State Department, told CNN’s Elise Labott that the congressman’s comments were “reprehensible” and “absolutely crazy.” Tancredo was widely criticized in 2005 for making a similar suggestion.
–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
- R. Dempster relieved B. Howry
- D. Wright walked
- C. Delgado doubled to deep right, D. Wright scored, C. Delgado to third advancing on throw
- M. Anderson popped out to second
- R. Castro struck out swinging
- S. Green doubled to left, C. Delgado scored
- R. Gotay singled to left, S. Green scored
- M. Alou hit for G. Mota
- M. Alou singled to center, R. Gotay to third
- J. Reyes singled to right, R. Gotay scored, M. Alou to second
- D. Newhan flied out to center
4 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, and Dempster slid through it
NY Mets 6, Chi Cubs 2
-- Tom Lehrer
New coffee chain opens first Chicago location
By David Sterrett
Aug. 03, 2007
(Crain's) — Cuppy's Coffee is holding a grand opening Friday for a drive-through store near Midway International Airport. The location at 6455 S. Cicero Ave. is the first Cuppy's in Chicago, but the Florida-based chain wants to have about 70 stores in the area in the next few years.
"We don’t think of ourselves as a coffee shop. We think of ourselves as a specialty coffee shop," says Rachel Clark, Cuppy's vice-president of marketing...
The new Chicago store has no seating but does have two drive-through lanes. "The whole concept was developed around coffee under a minute," Ms. Clark says...
Cuppy's is different from Starbucks, Ms. Clark says, because Cuppy's stores are run by franchisees. Cuppy's also uses a different bean than Starbucks, so its coffee has a unique taste, she says...
Wood figures to work his way back into the bullpen mix as a middle reliever, but could quickly find himself in a late-inning role if he can remain healthy for once.
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The Blue Jays will designate SS Royce Clayton for assignment.
YR AGE RCAA OBA SLG OPS OWP RC/G AVG HR RBI SB G TEAM
05 35 -25 .320 .351 .670 .336 3.64 .270 2 44 13 143 AZ
06 36 -26 .307 .341 .648 .309 3.46 .258 2 40 14 137 Wa/Cin
07 37 -10 .304 .344 .648 .302 3.10 .254 1 12 2 69 Tor
CAREER -324 .312 .367 .680 .348 3.72 .258 110 723 231 2100
LG AVG 0 .340 .427 .767 .500 5.11 .270 236 1021 154
POS AVG -161 .326 .387 .713 .426 4.40 .266 141 801 183
Clayton ranks 4th on the list for worst career RCAA--
1 Neifi Perez -361
2 Ski Melillo -355
3 Tommy Thevenow -351
4 Royce Clayton -324
5 Bill Bergen -312
6 Tim Foli -309
7 Larry Bowa -307
8 Alfredo Griffin -306
T9 Don Kessinger -305
T9 Ozzie Guillen -305
Thursday, August 2, 2007
"A Wake-Up Call"
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. politicians on Thursday treated the collapse of a highway bridge that killed or injured dozens of people as a jarring wake-up call to fix the nation's aging roads and bridges, but experts have been sounding the alarm for years with limited success.
More than 70,000 bridges rated deficient
Smiffs don't like pitchers who can't throw strikes. You can add dat to the long list of things we don't like. We also don't like the Atlanta phokking Braves and New York phokking Mets. HATE, in fact.
Upton played right field for an inning and then fouled out leading off the ninth inning in his lone at-bat. He figures to play regularly in right field going forward with Carlos Quentin on the disabled list, but Jeff DaVanon started there Thursday.
Erstad put a ball in play and immediately fell to the ground clutching the back of his leg, before limping to first base. He appeared to be in a great deal of pain and had trouble exiting the field, but it's possible that it was merely a cramp. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI before leaving and was replaced in left field by Andy Gonzalez.
The Sox are officially done.
|- A. Soriano singled to left|
|- A. Soriano caught stealing, catcher to shortstop|
|- R. Theriot grounded out to second|
|- D. Lee doubled to deep left center|
|- A. Ramirez hit by pitch|
|- C. Floyd hit by pitch, D. Lee to third, A. Ramirez to second|
|- M. Fontenot walked, D. Lee scored, A. Ramirez to third, C. Floyd to second|
|- J. Jones grounded out to pitcher|
|- End of Inning (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)|
My favorite part:
"Tap water may now be the equal of bottled water, but that could change. The more the wealthy opt out of drinking tap water, the less political support there will be for investing in maintaining America’s public water supply...."
Baseball Gets Into Resale of Tickets
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 1 — Major League Baseball once frowned on scalping, the resale of tickets among fans and sidewalk entrepreneurs. On Thursday, professional baseball will announce plans to get into the business. In a nod to the growing strength of Internet ticket exchanges, the league has entered into a revenue-sharing agreement with StubHub...
Daley threatens to sue BP over lake pollution
Calling it an "issue that goes to the heart and soul of the Midwest," Mayor Daley on Wednesday held out the possibility of filing a state or federal lawsuit if jawboning doesn't work to stop the BP refinery in northwest Indiana from dumping more pollution into Lake Michigan.
I wouldn't want to be dese guys eider...
Daley rips Sun-Times
Mayor Daley on Wednesday accused the Chicago Sun-Times of trying to create conflict between himself and the Rev. Al Sharpton in a desperate attempt to sell newspapers by fanning racial tension.
Of course, everything is related to Nixon somehow:
On October 8, 1970, Public Law 91-443 under the 91st Congress, JJR 26 was passed by both the House and Senate and was sent to President Richard Nixon for his signature.
The joint resolution was signed into law by President Nixon on August 2, 1971.
President Nixon released his "National Clown Week By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation."
As part of Clown Week, a Clown of the Year was named.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Oh yeah, Brett Myers: SUCKS. He appears terminally infected by the Decker-K-Mad Suckiest Suck That Ever Sucked Disease, which is incurable. Thanks a lot.
"We want our teachers to be trained so they can meet the obligations, their obligations as teachers. We want them to know how to teach the science of reading. In order to make sure there's not this kind of federal--federal cuff link."--Milwaukee, WI; 3/30/00
Perhaps the Buncombe County, NC police will go after dis guy* next, who really did deface the flag:
TITLE 4 > CHAPTER 1 > § 8§ 8. Respect for flag(g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
*My bad, of course, when the pRezzziDUNCE does it, it isn't a crime.
"I don't think people...ok, dat Corms guy who doesn't stop emailing me with pizza jokes...understood the significance of how well he was swinging the bat and how much that was helping us from the left side," Jim Hendry said. "I'm going to pat myself on the back for another great signing, if i could reach my back..."
Brewers optioned second baseman Rickie Weeks to Triple-A Nashville.
Weeks will be back in September, but the Brewers seem to be pretty much giving up on him for the rest of 2007 with this move. Weeks was just 7-for-46 last month, and he hasn't homered since April, when he had five of them. His wrist just won't allow him to drive the ball right now. Weeks has hit just .156 since coming off the disabled list on June 18.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
*also a Monk, of course!! FISK would be skeerd if he came up, trust me!
2) Don't totally hammer Jason "Bombs Away" Marquis.
3) Walk the bases loaded and give a hit up to Jason "Can No Longer Play" Kendall.
--Smiff, POed and mumbling to myself (aka status quo)
(Crain’s) — A La Grange physician on Wednesday is slated to become the first significant opponent to the re-election of U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin.
Steve Sauerberg, a family-practice doctor who will be making his first run for public office, is set to officially announce his candidacy for the GOP nomination to run against Mr. Durbin, the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat...
The Rangers became more intent on trading him after he turned down the proposal. "I thought we made enough of an offer to keep him a Ranger for life," Hicks said. :I'm disappointed he turned it down, but I think we did everything we could to keep him. Now, we've got some very good young players coming here and I feel with some good moves and free-agent signings, we can be a championship team."
It might be for infielder Danny Sandoval. It's nice to see Mateo is no longer being held hostage by Seattle. Citizens Bank Park is a bad fit for his extreme flyball tendencies, but he'll still be of some help in middle relief.
The Cubs reportedly still have a shot at acquiring Eric Gagne, who could be used as a closer over Ryan Dempster. The Journal News' Peter Abraham believes the Red Sox and the Cubs are the favorites...
Homer in his underwear isn’t as innocent as he appears
Spammers are jumping on the success of The Simpsons Movie to trick e-mail users into validating their addresses, so they can then send them more spam.
Since the launch of the movie on July 27 spammers have been sending messages with an embedded picture of Homer Simpson in his underwear. The text asks if the recipient plans to see the new movie and to fill out a related survey by following an embedded link. If the recipient clicks on the link, the Web site records the e-mail address – now knowing that there is a valid user – and sends the address more spam.
"If we get him on the roster and keep him healthy, it's like trading for a good reliever, so we'll see how that goes," manager Lou Piniella said. In other news, monkeys will be reportedly flying out of Piniella's butt if dat happens.
*Ha, made dis part up, or did i?
"if you will" = plutospeak for "I'm bulls#i++ing again"
Chris Tremlett took three wickets to knock some of the gloss off India's inevitable triumph over England on the final day of the Trent Bridge Test.
Starting the final day on 10-0 needing just 73, India were comfortable before losing Wasim Jaffer with the score on 48 and Dinesh Karthik on 55.
Tremlett bowled a snorter at Sachin Tendulkar to have him caught at short leg nine runs from the winning post.
But four byes finally took the tourists to victory after 94 minutes of play.
Gene for left-handedness is found
Scientists have discovered the first gene which appears to increase the odds of being left-handed.
The Oxford University-led team believe carrying the gene may also slightly raise the risk of developing psychotic mental illness such as schizophrenia
Monday, July 30, 2007
TELCO POWERED PRODUCTS
Small plane crashes near elementary school
Teen playing dice is killed
Scouts from Glenview hurt in N.M. lightning strike
4 tiny bodies found at Maryland home
Al Gore's son pleads guilty, enters drug diversion program
TV's Tom Snyder dead at 71
Director Ingmar Bergman, 89
Would the Cubs trade Felix Pie?
Hardball: Sox set to send Dye to Boston?
Gingrich: 'Vacuum' could suck him into White House race
Neither has been what they used to be for quite some time. But you are right. The time approaches when both can be added to the list of things that aren't what they weren't what they used to be.
Manager Ron Gardenhire expects Michael Cuddyer to play Friday, the first day he is eligible to come off the disabled list.
"I think so," Gardenhire said. "He's pretty optimistic and, from talking with Cuddy, he's fired up. If he's fired up, that means he'll get there." Cuddyer has been out since injuring his thumb on July 19.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
...or how to raise your ERA by 1.25 runs in 1 start...
and Phil Garner might have thought about bringing in a new pitcher after, oh, 7 or 8 runs...
...perhaps after the 10th batter of the inning homered...
...you could have still won since your own team scored 13 runs...
...but...Phil Garner IS A MORON.
p.s. Little known fact: Phil Garner's nickname is "Scrap Iron" because a brain scan in 1974 revealed that's what's actually in his head.
1) The team that does better in 2-out RBI situations will win more often. In other words, the better hitting team. Well, duh. Also, 2-out RBI count more than 0-out or 1-out RBI situations...I did not know dat. In other news, the team which pitches better also wins more often...
2) He had never heard Norm Cash admitted to using a corked bat when he hit .361 in 1961. You would think someone who has been in the game since 1968 might have heard about that, if he didn't have his head up his ass, that is...
The Cubs and Orioles are discussing a Jay Payton trade, with the Cubs potentially receiving two mid-level prospects in return.
Payton for Matt Murton straight up would be a nice move for Baltimore. Payton makes sense for the Cubs as a more legitimate option in center field than Jacque Jones, though he's best utilized in a limited role. Ideally, he'd start over Jones against lefties and allow Jones to slide over to right whenever Cliff Floyd is dinged up.
Of course, Payton hasn't had an .809 OPS or better (which Murton did last year) outside of Colorado, but...you got it...HE'S A VETERAN! And really, he's not a very good CF. And most importantly, he SUCKS.