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I Like Thanksgiving   Leave a comment

I couldn’t agree more with Booman Tribune’s take on Thanksgiving…quoting:

I feel no need to apologize for liking turkey, the NFL, or my extended family, so I have no problem with expressing my disagreement with Thanksgiving naysayers. Thanksgiving is, by far, my favorite American holiday, and it’s probably because it has no real religious component. For me, it is a reason to get together with great uncles and aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. We get together and enjoy each other’s company and recipes, without any ideological reason for doing so. We do it just because we want to and because we like to be together. We don’t have to succumb to any consumerism by buying each other gifts, nor do we have to play make-believe about the reality of fat men who ride in sleighs or rabbits that lay eggs. There is no pretention involved. In my family, we don’t celebrate the first Thanksgiving or give it any sacred place. The only thing we hold sacred is the tradition of gathering, and we gather for its own sake.

I find Thanksgiving naysayers to be the most uptight and boring of people. I’m sorry if you don’t like your family, but that is no reason to blame Thanksgiving. If you insist on seeing the holiday as some kind of whitewash of the genocide of Native Americans, I am also sorry, but I simply don’t look at Thanksgiving that way. For me, it is simply a secular excuse for the family to get together and celebrate being a family. And that makes it the best of all holidays.(Booman Tribune)

That last paragraph is oh-so-true; back when I was a conservative, I used to find all of that PC bull—- to be so asininely stupid as to defy all sense of humanity and for what it’s worth, I still feel that way; there’s a time and a place to discuss the negative aspects of certain holidays (Thanksgiving, Columbus Day, etc.)…the day of the holiday, though, ain’t one of them.

Posted November 29, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

CMB Music: Argent – “Liar”   Leave a comment

…you know, everytime I hear either and/or Republican or a conservative talking-head say something on television, this song pops to mind….

Posted November 29, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Stuart Varney Is An Idiot   Leave a comment

You know, someone should remind that ye’ ole merry Englishman that there is a special place in Hell for Sunday Christians such as him…quoting:

Capitalism, in my opinion, is a liberator. The free choice of millions of people is the essence of freedom. In my opinion, society benefits most when people are free to pursue their own self-interest. I know that sounds like a contradiction, but it is not. When individuals are free, we collectively are better off in every way, financially and spiritually.”

“I go to church to save my soul. It’s got nothing to do with my vote. Pope Francis has linked the two. He has offered direct criticism of a specific political system. He has characterized negatively that system. I think he wants to influence my politics.”(Crooks & Liars)

And what was it that set Mr. Sunday Christian off? Oh, this, for instance:

In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase; and in the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.(Evangelium Gaudium – Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, 2013)

Having read Pope Francis’ words there reminds me that there are, to quote something I heard once, two kinds of Christians in this world: (1)those of us who take our Christian faith seriously and (2)those who say the right words but then live as if their words mean absolutely nothing…IMO, Varney’s of the second group; my hope is that Pope Francis will continue down the path he took here with his exhortation above, regardless of what the critics say.

Posted November 29, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Foreign owners benefit English soccer, says Arsenal’s Alisher Usmanov   Leave a comment

I’m of two minds on this. On the one hand, having foreign owners can be a good thing as it can inject a healthy dose of additional funding that teams can use to their benefit. On the other hand, it can also alienate fans, especially when said owners (such as Cardiff’s Vincent Tan) try to rebrand the team to their own liking rather than to the fans’ liking.

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Over the past decade in the Premier League a huge influx of foreign owners has helped transform many of England’s biggest clubs.

Some purists argue that foreign owners don’t understand the ethos of certain teams and are not sensitive to the needs of the fans, others believe the endless millions that wealthy benefactors, who hail from outside the UK, pour into the teams and the country itself is of huge benefit to the English people.

One of the largest shareholders in Arsenal Football Club, Alisher Usmanov, is of the latter opinion.

Mr. Usmanov has a personal wealth of over $20 billion and has tried to increase his 30 percent stake in Arsenal only for American majority shareholder Stan Kroenke to brush him aside. However, with the growing band of foreign owners in the PL set to increase in the future, Usmanov believes it is benefiting the league.

“Everyone who has…

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Posted November 29, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

Vacation Time   Leave a comment

With the Thanksgiving holiday now upon us, I’m going to take a day’s break from the blogosphere. I’ll be back Friday to continue the fight; as always, feel free to comment on blog posts and replies…see y’all on the dark side!  🙂

Posted November 27, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Legal Battle Against U.S. Nuclear Reactor Rules Continues On   2 comments

You know, the more I read this, the more I have to wonder: what the hell is going on at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission?

The leading plaintiffs in a lawsuit that put all licensing decisions for U.S. nuclear power plants on ice a year ago have been hinting in recent weeks that the legal battle over the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s so-called “waste confidence” rule is far from finished.

In a 2012 ruling, a federal appeals court found that the commission – the federal entity through which all commercial reactors must seek permission to operate —  had not done enough analysis to justify the “confidence” it professed that radioactive waste generated by U.S. plants ultimately would be disposed of safely.

The court said that the commission had not adequately considered the prospect of catastrophic, terrorism-instigated spent-fuel pool fires at reactor sites in the interim. Nor did it thoroughly weigh the fact that the Obama administration had canceled the Yucca Mountain repository project in Nevada without yet identifying a replacement, according to the appeals bench.

NRC officials in September proposed a new waste-confidence rule that they assert addresses the court’s concerns. They published the proposal despite warnings from plaintiffs earlier this year that the scope of an environmental review supporting the rule was not broad enough. Criticism has since continued.(Nuclear Threat Initiative)

Now, to be fair, this is a valid criticism: since 9/11, the NRC has been given, among other things, the responsibility of ensuring the safety of nuclear energy facilities across the United States against terrorist and other threats but you’d think that after a certain point the NRC would get around to figuring out what rules to implement…

NASCAR buys Iowa Speedway, no Cup date planned (UPDATED)   Leave a comment

I’m of two minds in regards to NASCAR’s purchase of Iowa Speedway. On the one hand, it is surprising that NASCAR and not ISC, bought the speedway (though to be fair, both companies operate under the same broad umbrella). On the other hand, I honestly don’t see where all the NASCAR hating is coming from, judging by other comments on this story; considering the track’s successful record w/Indycar, it would be asinine for NASCAR to mess with that as it would affect NASCAR’s profit margins.

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UPDATED (3:20 p.m. ET): Shortly after NASCAR announced its purchase of Iowa Speedway, MotorSportsTalk reached out to the INDYCAR sanctioning body for comment on the news.

“We have a multi-year agreement with Iowa Speedway and look forward to working with the new owners,” vice president of communications/public relations Amy Konrath replied via e-mail.

The IndyCar Series has raced at Iowa since the 2007 season.

ORIGINAL: Reports from my colleague Chris Estrada earlier this week first identified that Iowa Speedway would be sold by its current owners, then the ownership transfer was approved by local officials.

The key question though, still, was who was this mysterious buyer of the 0.875-mile track located in Newton, Iowa?

As a quick surprise before most of us retreat to our Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday, NASCAR has just announced it has bought the track. A tweet first from managing director of NASCAR’s Integrated Marketing…

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Posted November 27, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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