Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 8:58 pm

Because dead stockbrokers are floating face-down in the streets of Greenwich

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Former Democratic Senate candidate and current idiot Ned Lamont says to the Hartford Courant of the current financial turmoil, “This is our Katrina.”

Comfort food

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lex @ 8:18 pm

During Monday’s biggest-evah stock drop, one stock alone among the Standard & Poors 500 gained in price: Campbell’s Soup.

Monday, September 29, 2008 8:20 pm

Say goodbye to the right to peaceably assemble …

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lex @ 8:20 pm

… and try to keep your screams down while you do it, mmkay?

Idiocy ne plus ultra

You know, a lot of incredibly stupid things have been said and written in defense of teaching creationism (and “intelligent design,” which is the same thing) in public schools. But, ladies and gentlemen, we may have reached, like absolute zero, the point of idiocy beyond which we cannot go, a level of Teh Stoopid so vast it either crowds out all other thought in the universe or sucks it all into a Singularity of Stoopid.

Brunswick County (N.C.) resident Joel Fanti, before graciously offering to teach creationism in the county school system himself, offered this stirring defense of creationism: “If evolution is so slow, why don’t we see anything evolving now?”

Space cool

Filed under: Fun,Geek-related issues — Lex @ 7:38 am
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I’m a little bit of a geek for stuff related to space, so this XKCD cartoon has made me a very, very happy geek.

Sunday, September 28, 2008 10:37 pm

Panthers 24, Falcons 9

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Any win is a good win, but today’s win against Atlanta was about as bad a good win as it is possible to get.

The AP this morning was very high on the Panthers’ performance. And, yes, the stats were good, particularly yards after the catch for both Steve Smith and Muhsin Muhammad, which boosted Jake Delhomme’s passing yardage.

But the Panthers were fortunate their 11 penalties didn’t make the game much closer, if not lose it for them. Twelve penalties inside Minnesota’s dome might just barely be understandable given the crowd noise, but 11 penalties in Bank of America stadium is just idiotic. And the football gods aren’t likely to be as forgiving if the Panthers pull a stunt like that again.

That’s particularly true if the team doesn’t get its starting tackles back quickly. Both Jordan Gross and Jonathan Jeff Otah left the game. I think I said before the season that the jobs of a whole lot of Panther staff could be riding on the health of Otah’s ankle — he was recovering from a high sprain in the offseason — and losing Gross for any length of time will damage both run game and passing protection.

Speaking of run game, Jonathan Stewart and Deangelo Williams combined for barely a hundred yards against a defense that spent a lot of time sitting back waiting for the pass. I don’t know whether that was because of the O-line problems or because Atlanta’s run defense was just that good. But it’s troubling nonetheless.

On the plus side, the D held star Atlanta running back Michael Turner to 56 yards on 18 carries. They’ll need to do as well or better against Kansas City, whose Larry Johnson rushed for 198 today as Kansas City didn’t just upset Denver, they beat the snot out of them.

I’m going, and Victoria is coming with me. This will be her first Panthers game, and she’s jazzed. Raise a child up in the way that she should go, and when she is old she will not stray from it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 9:21 pm

I know just how he feels

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Hooper (earlier this evening): “I’m ready to go to bed, Daddy. I haven’t gotten a wink of sleep the whole day.”

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 8:25 pm

When your banker calls in the loan

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China holds a big chunk of U.S. debt, and I’ve long wondered what might happen if it ever decided to call it in.

Now we may know. From China’s Xinhua news agency:

BEIJING, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Hu Jintao and his U.S. counterpart George W. Bush discussed bilateral relations and the financial upheavals in the United States in a phone conversation on Monday morning Beijing time….

Bush briefed Hu on the latest development of the U.S. financial market, saying his government was well aware of the scope of the problem, and had taken and would continue to take necessary measures to stabilize the domestic and world financial markets….

[Hu] said China is ready to work with the U.S. side to intensify dialogue, exchanges and cooperation, and properly handle issues concerning mutual interests and of major concern, particularly the Taiwan question, in a bid to push forward the sustained and steady development of the Sino-U.S. constructive and cooperative ties.

Don’t we have a treaty obligation to defend Taiwan from military attack? If so, what does this development mean for that?

(h/t: Just World News)

UPDATE: Uh-oh.

A billion here, a billion there …

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This is, sadly, a pittance compared to a $700 billion bailout of Wall Street, but according to Senate testimony, about a quarter of the $50 billion supposedly spent on Iraq reconstruction has been wasted or stolen.

Of Fusion, Buttercups and Panthers

Filed under: Hooper,Panthers,Victoria — Lex @ 7:43 am
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Fusion: Won 8-1. Minute to minute the game never seemed like a runaway, but that’s what it ended up being. Hooper didn’t score and spent one uneventful quarter in goal.

Buttercups: Lost 3-0. The team lacked energy and quickness, and it didn’t possess the ball much as a result.

Panthers: Lost 20-10 and stunk up the joint in the process. I was doing yard work and didn’t see the game; just as well.

Friday, September 19, 2008 7:32 am

Avast!

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 7:32 am
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Today is, of course, Talk Like a Pirate Day! Um, maties.

Thursday, September 18, 2008 8:26 pm

Here we go again

Some of the names we’ve seen involved in problems with electronic voting machines are showing up again as problems arise with electronic records of registered voters. This article from Wired explains how thousands of Americans who are legally able to vote may not get to, or may not have their votes counted, because of errors (not “glitches”) in the systems that contain names of registered voters and are supposed to match them against drivers-license or Social Security records.

Folks, we have all the technology we need to run accurate elections with robust auditing measures to ensure that accuracy. What we lack is the will.

(h/t: Phred)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 7:14 pm

Well, now I’ve gone and done it

Filed under: Fun,Victoria — Lex @ 7:14 pm
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Victoria: Daddy, who are you voting for?

Daddy: I’m not saying.

Victoria: Why not?

Daddy: Because voting is a sacred right, and it’s private.

Victoria: Well, we’re studying the Constitution in school, and it doesn’t say that. Hmm. What to do, what to do?

Daddy: Well –

Victoria: I’m going to be a lawyer and argue about the Constitution.

Daddy: Oh, dear.

Victoria: That’s right, you’re raising a lawyer. Hmm, what to do, what to do?

(For the record, my objections have nothing to do with the profession and everything to do with the cost of law school.)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 8:14 pm

Everybody talks about the weather, too

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 8:14 pm
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Lately, it seems like everybody’s been talking about putting lipstick on a pig, but no one has been doing anything about it.

John Kelso does something about it.

Sunday, September 14, 2008 8:05 pm

Panthers 20, Bears 17

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I caught just the last two minutes and change, the tail end of the Bears’ final drove, when a pass on 3rd-and-1 was broken up by Chris Gamble and a run on the middle on 4th-and-1 was stuffed by at least three Panthers. Apparently the Panthers played crummy on offense for much of the game before Jake and RB Jonathan Stewart pulled together another fourth-quarter comeback. A cheap shot to Delhomme’s head apparently fired the team up, but I didn’t see it.

Next up: Minnesota.

Saturday, September 13, 2008 8:00 pm

Buttercups 4, Sharks 3

Filed under: Victoria — Lex @ 8:00 pm
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First, the important news: The Buttercups’ new jerseys are yellow, meaning that the team cheer, “Yellow, white, Buttercups fight!” isn’t totally incongruous anymore (last year’s jerseys were green). But they’re trimmed with black. I suggested changing the cheer to “Yellow, black, Buttercups attack!” but didn’t get any takers.

The Buttercups have added Victoria’s longtime friend A. to their roster after A.’s team broke up. A. wasted no time making an impact, scoring three of the ‘Cups’ four goals. V. left the game early after taking a poke in the eye so bad that we took her to the pediatrician. Good news: It was only a poke. The cornea was uninjured.

For those of you keeping score at home, yes, we did play the Sharks two weeks in a row. We’ll play them a third time, too. There are only four teams left in the rec-league girls under-11 league, so we’ll play two teams three times each and the third team twice.

Fusion 2, Arsenal 2

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After last weekend’s rainout, Hooper’s team played its first game today. The Arsenal controlled the ball more and better, but the Fusion hung in there. Hooper hasn’t played soccer as long as most of his teammates, and he’s still learning the mental aspects of the game, but he at least was trying to pass in the right places.

Thursday, September 11, 2008 6:21 am

Remember

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Sars does.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 9:21 pm

Because nothing says “fun” like a really big fish

Filed under: Victoria — Lex @ 9:21 pm
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Just because I hadn’t posted any photos in a while …

Victoria, Granny and catfish

Victoria and Granny pose with a catfish she caught out at Lake Brandt back during June during Grandparents’ Camp. The pond they let the kids fish in is so small it’s almost literally like shooting fish in a barrel, but V. had fun and that’s what counts.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 9:40 pm

The right to peaceably assemble

Filed under: Odds 'n' ends — Lex @ 9:40 pm

Demonstrators, journalists, innocent bystanders, some of them even trying to obey police officers’ orders in more specificity (“Move!” “Where?”),¬† it just didn’t matter.

Sunday, September 7, 2008 9:53 pm

Panthers 26, Chargers 24

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Between painting and laundry, I didn’t get to see much of this one. But I got to see about the last half of the fourth quarter, and that was what mattered.

Just as I tuned in, the Panthers went up 19-10 when Chris Harris stripped San Diego TE Antonio Gates, one of the league’s best, of the ball just after Gates caught a short pass. The ball popped directly into the hands of CB Chris Gamble, who ran it 31 yards in for the score.

Then Philip Rivers led the Chargers back with two scores to go up 24-19 with a shade over two minutes remaining. Jake Delhomme looked like this was exactly what he had been working toward as he recovered from last year’s surgery, dinking and dunking down the field. I (and probably everyone else watching) thought the Panthers should have called their last timeout as the clock dipped below 00:15, fearing that the Panthers would get off only one more play. But Muhsin Muhammad called a timeout even before his elbows hit the ground after he was tackled with 00:02 left, giving the Panthers time for one more play. Delhomme made it count, hitting a leaping tight end Dante Rosario in the back of the end zone, threading his pass between the hands of not one but two Charger defenders. It was the kind of high-risk pass he probably wouldn’t have thrown if it hadn’t been the last play of the game.

It reminded me of how Delhomme came in off the bench to throw the late TD to Ricky Proehl in the 2003 season opener against Jacksonville, the game that established Delhomme as the starter and the season that culminated in the Super Bowl. (There was a little more time left when that play happened, of course.)

Observations: For one thing, the Panthers left seven on the table early when they failed to score on a fourth-and-goal from inside the 1. When you’ve got two running backs averaging better than five yards a carry and a completely retooled offensive line, if you’re not going to just run it up the gut then, when will you? A play like that will tell you whether your new toys are any good, even if every Charger and every fan in the stadium knew it was coming. Instead, the Panthers tried to go for the pass and it got knocked down. As that play developed, it looked to me as if Jake could have cut back to his left and run in untouched, but 1) he might not have seen that and 2) the camera angle might have been deceiving.

For another, Rosario’s performance, combined with TE Jeff King’s thoughtless illegal-formation penalty late, might mean the Panthers have a new starting TE. If Rosario can continue to play the way he played today (7 catches for 96 yards, including the game-winner), the Panthers might have found a new starting TE.

Buttercups 4, Sharks 1

Filed under: Buttercups — Lex @ 9:15 pm
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The Buttercups picked up right where they left off last spring in league play, scoring two goals early and two goals late for the win.

This year, the girls have 10-person teams and play eight at a time on a larger field with larger goals, so everybody’s getting plenty of playing time — and plenty of running. As a team the ‘cups both were a little rusty and acclimating themselves to the larger field, so the passing, beyond short range, wasn’t all that crisp. But the offense got the job done and the Buttercups keeper came up with some big stops late.

Victoria didn’t score, but she got off two good shots on goal. One was blocked, and the other, otherwise bound for a spot high in the net, hit a Shark in the head. She took a foot in the side of her right ankle during the second half that was hard enough to go through the pad and injure her. She had to be carried off the field, but she returned late in the game.

Memo to self: Always bring sunscreen. Always.

One other note: Last spring, the girls voted to seek a name change for the team, to the Wildcats. Apparently the league said no.

Saturday, September 6, 2008 9:09 am

Hanna 1, Fusion 0

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Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.

Friday, September 5, 2008 6:02 am

Storm a-comin’

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August, come they must
September, remember

Can’t sleep, so here I sit. It’s dark, and the only sound in the house is Radio Disney playing softly in Victoria’s room. There’s a tropical storm coming tomorrow, although at this point the only real damage it may do around here is to the kids’ soccer schedules. (I could be wrong. We had flooding rains from Gustav, and for all I know the ground’s still pretty saturated.) Farther out, there’s a Cat 4 (as of an hour ago) hurricane, although who knows where it’s going to go at this point. (At the moment NHC has it spending most of Monday over the Bahamas before hitting south Florida Tuesday night.) Greensboro hasn’t been hit really hard by a tropical storm that I can recall since Fran in ’96, and before that you have to go back to Hugo in ’89 — wow, hard to believe that was almost 20 years ago.

Just not much to say, recently.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 8:24 pm

You may not know his face or name …

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lex @ 8:24 pm

… but you know his voice. And now it has been stilled.

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