Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Now THAT's treatment

Is this kind of treatment going to help Wes Welker recover faster or ensure that he never fully recovers?

From the Boston Globe: "Pity not Wes Welker. The Pats receiver, who's rehabbing from a serious knee injury, was photographed at the Playboy Mansion over the weekend with Ashley Dupre, the woman snared in the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal. Welker, dressed in a blue bathrobe, was among several athletes, including Bode Miller and Miles Austin, who were at the mansion celebrating the Playboy golf finals."

Monday, March 29, 2010

Song of the Day: Stagger Lee

Made a trip to the border this weekend. Border Cafe in Cambridge, that is. Good feed, good drink. While there I heard a song that sounded very familiar. Couldn't place it or think of the name of it, but it was a great tune, so i figured I'd look for it later.*

Easier said than done. There have been A LOT of versions of this song. The Lloyd Price version was my favorite of the bunch and is so presented here. It has a nice bounce to it and features some cool horns.

When I first heard it, it made me think of the movie Shag. But it wasn't on the soundtrack. There was, however, a version by the Fabulous Thunderbirds featured on the Porky's 2 Soundtrack.

*I know, I know, there's an app for that. But I have an iPod Touch, not an iPhone. If wifi were more widespread I might have been able to use that app, but it's not, so I don't have it. I use a tried and true old fashioned method: I listen for a line of the song and then google it later.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Americans LIKE the health care reform laws

It's ok to ignore angry opponents of successful health care reform who claim Americans don't like it and will revolt at the ballot box in November. Their myth continues to die.

By a 49%-40% margin (11% undecided), Americans think it is a GOOD THING that Congress pased this bill. Even people who identify themselves as "independents" approve of the legislation.

Republicans did a good job building opposition and making it hard for the bill to pass, but at what risk? Obama, showing more courage than I thought he'd have in these battles, dug in and won.

Now, Republicans are watching their loss turn into a possible catastrophe. First, their plans to obstruct anything and everything and keep health care reform on the front burner may not be such a good idea, given what could be growing support for the newly passed laws. Second, the violent reactions--now too many to be considered isolated incidents--are clearly the result of angry rhetoric by Republican leadership in the run-up to the vote. They run the risk of being angry, sore losers who are backed by whack-jobs and thugs.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Americans don't support GOP on health care reform

Listening to much of the angry reaction to passage of health care reform, you would be forgiven if you concluded there's a groundswell of opposition to Democrats. You might think Americans--by an overwhelming margin--think Democrats "over reached" (very popular buzzword) and are in the GOPs corner on the issue.

It's just not true. The majority of America doesn't take the Republican position on the issue.

Many cite poll results that 59% of Americans oppose the health care reform that passed. What they ignore is that a decisive group of Americans oppose it because it is not liberal enough in their minds.

39% support
43% oppose because it's too liberal
13% oppose because it's not liberal enough
3% oppose with no opinion
2% no opinion

So all the crap about Congress forgetting who they represent is nonsense. If Congress matched these results exactly, it would take only a majority of that 13% to "hold their nose" and vote for a bill they think it's liberal enough.

It may well prove that Republicans are angry enough over the way they were overrun on this issue to mobilize their base and pick up seats. And some of those liberals that feel Democrats didn't go far enough may stay home on election day. But to say a majority of American's think this health care reform went too far is just not accurate.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Song of the Day II: By My Side

Now that your toes are sandy and your brain relaxed, reach out and touch someone.* Let Ben Harper keep you in the mood.

*Make sure they're ok with it. No means no, even on warm sunny funny days.

Song of the Day: Moonshine

Feels like a Jack Johnson day today, doesn't it? Here's a short instrumental to help you feel the warm breeze and the sand sticking to your toes.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Goodbye, Merlin Olsen

I might have guessed the late Merlin Olsen was older than 69.

He and Enberg were a great team in the broadcast booth. I watched a old game on the NFL Network recently and it was being called by them. Felt like I was a kid again.

Great crossover appeal, too. My sisters will know him from Little House...and maybe his FTD commercials.

Horror show

Video courtesy of HubBlog.

I criticize religion because they all too often DON'T want to keep their beliefs to themselves. And, near as I can tell, have never wanted to. So to the rank-and-file who do keep it to themselves and want to be left alone I say: I'm happy to do that. But until and unless the "leaders" of your groups stop the kind of talk in the video above, I will be an unabashed critic.

As always, if you're viewing this on Facebook, jump on over to the blog to see the embedded video. http://noternie.blotspot.com

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Make time to read, think

Interesting--and lengthy--profile update on Rahm Emanuel, Obama's Chief of Staff.

Sometimes it doesn't matter whether you do it well or not, you just catch heat for doing your job.

I tend to like Rahm and respect the position he's in. Has he been effective? Probably, if only because both sides of the political spectrum think he's gone the toher way too much. But in reality, his success is tied up in the success of his boss and how things turn out at the end of many policy days. In other words, he doesn't get enough control over many of the factors that determine his success or failure.

Song of the Day: Sunshine Day

Not the Brady Bunch version. This is one I found while looking for that. The visual is much better and frankly, though the song isn't entertaining in a campy way, I'm not sure it's worse.

Sit down for this one

Shocking news from the art imitates life category. Sometimes a thing isn't official until it's official. I guess.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hurry up!

You don't have the time you used to. Your day just got shorter. I'm betting they won't shorted your workday, so your free time just shrunk.

Monday, March 1, 2010


UniversalHub brings to our attention the victim of a car break in that resulted in his laptop being stolen. Unfortunately for the theif, the guy has remote access to his computer. So there's mounting evidence of someone at the very least receiving stolen property.

IP address? Got it. Location? Yup. Photos and video? Yeah, that, too.

Check it out.