Friday, August 17, 2007
WHY WE WANTED TO LIKE IT: For 105 years, locals and tourists flocked to Chicago's Berghoff for inexpensive but scrumptious wiener schnitzel, efficient but snooty waiters and fresh beer. The place closed in 2005, and it is sorely missed.
WHAT WE RELUCTANTLY CONCLUDED: Nostalgia – in this case, anyway – blows. Wisconsin's Joseph Huber Co. now produces a whole family of Berghoff beers, so I'm hoping that the lager is the unloved and ignored stepchild. A bland and by-the-numbers effort, it's the brewing equivalent of a test pattern.
WHERE WE BOUGHT IT: Beverages & More!, as if that matters. You can buy better beer almost anywhere.
RATING: 1 bottle
Note: Beers are rated from 0 to 5 bottles, with 5 being best, 0 being urine.
Showing near-palpable disgust, Metra board members Friday blasted Springfield’s inability to pass a funding plan for the region’s cash-strapped public transit agencies.
Barbed comments represent a sharp departure from local public transit officials' oft-repeated mantra that they remained optimistic that the governor and the General Assembly would reach agreement on a long-term funding plan for suburban commuter rail service Metra, urban transit agency Chicago Transit Authority and suburban bus system Pace. Together, the agencies face a combined 2007 operating budget shortfall of more than $200 million.
"It’s time to start looking at reality," said board member Jack Schaffer. "The reality may be that Springfield accomplishes nothing."
As the Legislature and Gov. Rod Blagojevich have been locked in a months-long budget battle, a plan to fund public transit in the Chicago area by raising local sales taxes and Chicago real estate transfer taxes has stalled in a House committee.
"I wouldn’t show any confidence in this piece of legislation going through," said board member Michael Smiff.
Noting that the funding plan hasn't even gotten out of the House's Transportation Committee, Mr. Smiff remarked, "Really, it's gotten nowhere," another break from transit leaders' past assertions that progress was being made. "And that's state government? My phokking @ss," he added.
from Crain's ... edited for humor
really getting to me, but things might be starting to shape up a little.
Forecast is for another 12 days or so of continued suckiness.
Come to think of it, there is one saracstic thing you can add:
News item: The Air Force is developing a "hypersonic" engine to fly
bombs at more than 4,000 mph. Other missiles go around 550 mph.
What could possibly go wrong? You may tag this under "s#i+ blowing up."
Good to know that I am being missed..."
In other words, it's essentially a six-year, $111 million extension. Zambrano must really like Chicago, because the deal is shorter than those handed out to top-tier free agent starters over the past several years and the total commitment is $15 million less than Barry Zito received from the Giants during the offseason. Aug. 17 - 10:34 am et
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Celebrity spoof show set for US
Channel 4 comedy Star Stories, which lampoons the lives of celebrities, is being redeveloped for US television.
A pilot of the show is being made by cable channel VH1, which is set to follow the UK programme's format.
A new set of actors is currently being cast for the show, while its name is also likely to be changed.
The recent series of the comedy has satirised Hollywood star Tom Cruise, pop group Take That and also poked fun at X Factor judge Simon Cowell.
The show stars a small group of actors who play a number of famous faces during each half-hour episode, which reconstructs their celebrity lives.
In other episodes, the lives of Madonna and Guy Richie were told in the style of one of the film director's movies, while the Simon Cowell outing was entitled "Simon Cowell: My Honesty, My Genius".
The company behind the UK show - which was nominated for best new comedy at last year's British Comedy Awards - will produce the US pilot episode.
The comedy, now in its second series, has also subjected Victoria and David Beckham, George Michael, Jennifer Aniston and Catherine Zeta Jones to its satirical treatment.
There must not be much to do in western PA (though maybe they drive over from Ohio, where the even bigger idiots live).
When umpire Darrell Hair awarded England five penalty runs for Pakistan violating law 42.3 for deliberately altering the condition of the ball during the fourth Test at The Oval, the Australian official provoked a huge Pakistani backlash.
Ball tampering is tantamount to cheating, everything that contravenes the spirit of this most gentlemanly of sports.
Unfortunately these accusations are nothing new to Pakistani cricket.
The slur has tainted the nation since all-rounder Imran Khan first extracted exaggerated late movement with the older ball during the 1970s.
BBC Sport examines the stigma of ball tampering.
Bowlers shine one side of a new cricket ball while the opposite is left to deteriorate through natural wear and tear.
This process helps bowlers swing the ball in the air.
In simple terms, the aerodynamics of bowling mean the shiny side travels faster through the air, while the rough side acts as a brake, pushing the ball in the direction of the rough side.
But as the ball loses its early shine, it begins to swing less and it is not until it gets older and rougher that it begins to deviate again, a process known as reverse swing.
"As the ball becomes rougher, it will take on a different characteristic as it deteriorates," said former England fast bowling coach Troy Cooley, who helped England's bowlers use the phenomenon to great success during the 2005 Ashes series.
"So if you present the ball as an outswinger, the ball has deteriorated so much on the rough side that it takes on the characteristics of the shiny side.
"Which means a natural outswinger will become an inswinger and conversely, an inswinger an outswinger."
It is unfair for anyone to rub the ball on the ground for any reason, interfere with any of the seams or the surface of the ball, use any implement, or take any other action whatsoever which is likely to alter the condition of the ball
The laws of the game clearly state fielders can polish, clean or dry the ball, but nothing more.
The batsmen, pitch and outfield all contribute to the natural wear and tear of the ball, which usually starts to reverse swing around the 40- to 50-over mark during a Test match.
However, the earlier the ball starts to reverse swing, the more problems it poses for the batsmen.
The seam, which acts as the ball's rudder when it swings, can be picked with fingernails.
The nails can also help to further scuff the rough side of the ball.
His ERA was 2.66. Ok, ERAs don't mean much for relievers, and Myers only faces a couple lefties a week, but that's what you get with Myers. He's a PROVEN VETERAN!And doesn't the Yankees' bullpen kinda suck?
Maybe they would take Adam Eaton off our hands?
How ridiculous. The only reason Selig didn't issue a suspension months ago is that he knew there was no way it'd hold up in front of an arbitrator. Everything else is merely politics. Giambi essentially admitted to using steroids in an interview earlier this year, but since he didn't pinpoint when it happened, there was never anything that could be done.
That means we'll respond twice as fast with three times the amount of aid right? Coz those 7.x earthquakes, they're baby earthquakes, tremors really. But once you reach 8, it's a catastrophe, requiring a much larger response. We should send the National Guard oh wait we can't. But we can measure earthquake severity with the best of them. Eventually.
TEAM W L PCT GB HOME ROAD L-10 STREAK
Milwaukee 62 58 .517 - 39-22 23-36 3-7 L-3
Chicago 60 59 .504 1.5 30-30 30-29 2-8 L-4
St. Louis 57 60 .487 3.5 30-27 27-33 7-3 W-4
Houston 54 66 .450 8 32-27 22-39 6-4 L-1
Cincinnati 52 67 .437 9.5 27-32 25-35 7-3 W-2
Pittsburgh 49 69 .415 12 26-35 23-34 5-5 L-3
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Top 3rd: Cincinnati
- K. Griffey Jr. singled to center, N. Hopper scored
- J. Conine homered to deep left center, A. Dunn and K. Griffey Jr. scored
Cincinnati 6, Chi Cubs 4
World’s Worst: Keith Destroys FOX’s John Gibson
Did you know there are ultra-right-wing-nutjobs out there hoping for another 9/11 to "unite" the country? Faux Noise is fawning over them. Uh, seems like we--and the world--were united the first time around (i even put an American flag in my window!) until Bush & Co. squandered it all away in record speed. Anyways, what American city can we do without? How about New Orleans again? Detroit? Ah, too easy. Hmmm, John Gibson's office at 1211 Avenue Of The Americas, New York City? We have a winner...
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Former major league All-Star Jose Offerman was suspended indefinitely Wednesday, a day after he went wild in the minors and hit the opposing pitcher and catcher with his bat. Offerman was charged with two counts of second-degree assault -- the catcher sustained a concussion and the pitcher had a broken finger. Offerman posted $10,000 bond and was due in Bridgeport Superior Court on Aug. 23.
Out of the majors since playing for the New York Mets in 2005, Offerman homered in the first inning Tuesday night for the Long Island Ducks. The next inning, he was hit by a pitch from Bridgeport Bluefish starter Matt Beech and charged the mound with his bat. Catcher John Nathans was struck in the head. He tried to keep playing, but left the game with nausea and collapsed in the dugout, team spokesman Nick Razzette said. Beech, a left-hander who formerly pitched in the major, had a broken middle finger on his right hand. Both players were treated at a hospital and released. Offerman, Beech and Bridgeport manager and former major league pitcher Tommy John were ejected.
Manager Joe Torre said Tuesday that he's unlikely to use Joba Chamberlain in save situations when Mariano Rivera gets a day off. "It's easy to say after what we've seen so far, yeah, no problem (closing)," Torre said. "But we still have to keep in mind that he's 21 years old and [Monday] was his first exposure to Yankee Stadium. I'd rather go with experience."
See the main page here
See the blueprint for their skyway system here, with its maglev trains and solar panels and aqueduct pipelines...
See the map of their highway system here
Their system doesn't reach Chi-town? How can they expect that to work without da city dat works? Doesn't hit Zimbabwe either? That's strike 2.
And how are they proposing we pay for all this? Well, it's meant to promote world peace by getting resources to all parts of the globe, so the money is supposed to come from the defence budgets of all participating nations. He gone!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Even more incredible, Myers, Flash & AlfonSUCKO didn't totally SUCK.
As for Smiff, i left work early today to spend more time with my family.
Man, those poor phokks without health care who keep eating fast food are really making us look bad. I mean, really, we're lower than Jordan. People, put down the Doritos and go for a walk. And if you need a little health care or some $hit, i think Greyhound goes to Canada. Leave the driving to them!
Monday, August 13, 2007
NEWSMEAT Hall of Fame Donors — 2008 Campaign
Larry Flynt Hustler publisher (world's creepiest person? after Cheney, of course)
Paul Haggis screenwriter, producer (made the widely overpraised Crash and wrote the widely overpraised Million Dollar Baby--like all Clint Eastwood films, except the one with the monkey)
Casey Kasem radio host ("Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars, comrade!" Also, an Arab, Catholic, VEGAN! Let's hope he's being secretly wiretapped...)
Alexandra Paul actress (a Baywatch babe; was also in docu Who Killed the Electric Car?, made by commies)
Mark Ruffalo actor (today's greatest actor? i tells ya, he should be Lou in The Sweet Lou Story: Mount Piniella Erupts)
Johnathon Schaech and Christina Applegate were married in 2001.
The actress and her actor husband, Johnathon Schaech, have officially parted ways a year and a half after he filed for divorce.
The pair's split was finalized in Superior Court on Friday, according to court documents obtained by CelebTV.com.
Applegate, known for her role as ditzy daughter Kelly Bundy on TV's "Married ... With Children," and actor Schaech married in October 2001.
They separated in November 2005, citing irreconcilable differences, according to court papers. Schaech filed for divorce December 5, 2006.
Applegate's publicist, Ame Van Iden, and Schaech's publicist, Cindy Guagenti, both declined to comment Friday.
The judgment awarded Schaech more than $1.5 million in bank accounts dating back to last February, a cement Buddha in Applegate's possession, and a 2001 Mercedes-Benz S500.
Applegate, 35, was awarded two of the ex-couple's Los Angeles residences, a 2006 Lexus and more than $7.5 million in bank accounts dating back to late December 2006, according to court documents.
Applegate has starred in movies including "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," and earned a 2005 Tony Award nomination for her Broadway role in "Sweet Charity."
Schaech's acting credits include 1996's "That Thing You Do!" and 2005's "Sea of Dreams."
Both waived the right to seek spousal support.
The pair did not have children
"See in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."--Greece, NY (right near Smittytown!); 5/24/05
"We'll be a great country where the fabrics are made up of groups and loving centers."--Kalamazoo, MI; 3/27/01 (uh, any idea here?)
It will be named Tropical Storm Dean if its sustained wind strengthens to at least 39 mph, the threshold for a named storm.
Names for next year's hurricanes include Barack and Hillary...
"I'm done with this place. I'm so tired of losing here. It's hotter than (bleep). We get our (butts) kicked every time we come here. I'm not coming here next year."--Padres play-by-play announcer/idiot/moron Matt Vasgersian, in one of a series of negative comments about the St. Louis area. "It's my bad. I've got to give a mea culpa. I should know better. . . . I feel bad about it. I didn't want the impression out there that I hate St. Louis."
Certainly the highlight of his campaign:
“I’m in the private sector and for the first time in my life I’m earning money,” Thompson told the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. “You know that’s sort of part of the Jewish tradition, and I do not find anything wrong with that.”
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Other announcer: Albert Pujols, who won the Gold Glove last season, with the tremendous play.
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