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Classic Links, Labels, Spending, Healthcare and Baseball

Aoefe writes about labels humans apply to themselves and others from August of 2009

Ricky Raw discusses the power of vagueness from February 2008

Thursday’s thoughts on Gwen Stefani and related issues from October 2007

Welmer writes about cheating military wives from April 2009

Roissy talks about the kind of girls who go to bars from August 2008

 

The acronym MRA gets thrown around quite a bit, but what does it really mean?  I am especially guilty of this myself.   I use it as shorthand for blogs that discuss mens issues that aren’t exclusively game oriented. Sometimes I even use it when I really mean MGTOW.  Not very precise I must say.  The problem I see, speaking for myself only, is that I am not exclusively focused on rights and I’m certainly not an activist. I’ve thought about it a little bit and came up with an acronym which better describes me. MIP.  Mens issues proponent. 

Issues encompass everything.  The micro, the macro and everything in between.  The personal, political, historical, and cultural. I’m not just concerned with mens legal rights.  Heck, I’m concerned with everyone’s  legal rights.  In fact I spend more time talking about micro (Game) and cultural issues, both on here and elsewhere, than about laws being changed.

Proponent simply means lending a voice.  I’m not important or wield any ability to change much. I don’t take to the streets.  I don’t hold placards.  Not only for mens issues, but everything else.  I didn’t go to the local tea party rally for example.  Despite my conservative views, my demeanor is pretty moderate.  Shouting into a bullhorn or chanting slogans doesn’t do it for me.  Not necessarily opposed to it, just not my bag. I’m a mens issues proponent in the same way I am a school vouchers proponent, or low taxation proponent, or private health care proponent.  So no, I’m not an activist

 If I didn’t have a blog I probably wouldn’t give it a second thought. In writing especially, its nice to be able to quickly sum up a point of view without writing a 4 page dissertation on it.  I use “conservative with libertarian leanings” in the same way.  I also embrace the label: Bronco fan.  I welcome thoughts on this.

 

Adam Sharpe at Seeking Alpha wrote an interesting piece on deficit spending.  He provides a graph.  HT: Ace of Spades

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5 gold stars and the title of “Ganttsquarry’s Commenter of the Month” goes to the person who can guess what I am thinking.

 

An example of the Utopia that is Britain’s healthcare system.  Terrible story.  RIP Mathew Millington.  HT: AoS

 

Not to sound like a pony tail sporting, patchouli oil wearing hippy, but I think it’s a shame how Major League Baseball handles inclement weather in the post season.  As you might know, the Rockies and Phillies got postponed yesterday due to snow and freezing temperatures here in Denver.  It got rescheduled for today, or more precisely, tonight….at 8 o clock.  It won’t be in the 20’s like last night, but I doubt it will be over 35 or 40.  The game won’t end until 11 pm either. 

The Rockies/Phillies play 162 games to get into the playoffs and then have to play crucial games in freezing weather not conducive to high level performance.  Pretty lame. Why?  TV contracts.  The rational thing to do is schedule the game for 1 pm.  This is not exactly an issue that threatens the foundation of the republic, but I’m glad I could get it off my chest.

Now I’m off to go watch the Broncos play a sport perfectly suiting for cold dreary weather.

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Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude: satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune.

The story…

U.S. President Barack Obama’s politically risky Olympics gamble failed to bring home the gold on Friday, with the Olympics committee’s refusal to grant the 2016 Summer Games to his hometown Chicago.

 

The story…

Chicago was knocked out in the first round — in one of the most shocking defeats ever handed down by the International Olympic Committee. President Barack Obama’s last-minute hop to Denmark didn’t swing the games Chicago’s way. He came, saw, charmed but did not conquer.

 The story…

And even as the president and First Lady Michelle Obama were leaving Copenhagen this morning following their appeal to the International Olympic Committee, the Republican National Committee was circulating an email complaining of the White House’s “wrong priorities” (see that below the fold.) The RNC chairman today, chiding the president for “verbal gymnastics” in Copenhagen, noted the newest numbers on rising unemployment back home (see below as well.)

Rahm Emanuel, the Chicagoan who is chief of staff for Obama, has an answer: “You know, we’ll make sure they get some good seats once Chicago does host the games.”

 

The story…

With First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey now in Copenhagen, CBS anchor Katie Couric on Wednesday night declared “the ‘Dream Team’ pushing Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympic summer games is nearly complete” and is now just awaiting “the team captain” — that would be President Barack Obama,who “arrives Friday ahead of the final vote.”

 

The story…

Civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson, who has long been based in Chicago, said he was surprised by the city’s loss.

“I’m shocked and saddened. We were emotionally prepared for it,” he said, noting that the United States had sent its “A team” of President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to push for the Chicago bid.

 

The story…

And I’m not asking just as the First Lady of the United States, who is eager to welcome the world to our shores.  And not just as a Chicagoan, who is proud and excited to show the world what my city can do.  Not just as a mother raising two beautiful young women to embrace athleticism and pursue their full potential.

I’m also asking as a daughter.

See, my dad would have been so proud to witness these Games in Chicago. And I know they would have meant something much more to him, too.

You see, in my dad’s early thirties, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. And as he got sicker, it became harder for him to walk, let alone play his favorite sports.  But my dad was determined that sports continue to be a vital lifeline — not just to the rest of the world, but to me and my brother.

And even as we watched my dad struggle to hold himself up on crutches, he never stopped playing with us.  And he refused to let us take our abilities for granted. He believed that his little girl should be taught no less than his son. 

 The story…

David Letterman told the audience of his late night talk show that he had sexual relationships with female members of his staff, adding that he’d forked over a bogus $2 million check as part of an extortion plot on the matter.

 

My in depth commentary and analysis…

 

Apparently, according to some, I am “anti-American” and “unpatriotic” because I wasn’t praying for/to Dear Leader to bring home the Olympics for the City of Chicago.

Honestly, I couldn’t care less about the Olympics.  Scatch beneath the kumbaya, “we are the world” bullshit, and you will find an event run by crooks, filled with one dimensional athletes who cheat, and autocrats who use it as an opportunity to grandstand and propagandize.

I haven’t watched more than 10 minutes of Olympic coverage since 1992.  The Dream Team sucked me in and I enjoyed watching them blow out other countries by 50 points a game.  (Ugly Americans at its finest. Thank you Charles Barkley.) I remember watching Mary Lou Retton as a little kid at the 1984 games as well. 

The tape delays, self indulgent commentary, “heart rending” biographies, and silly facade of the noble amateur athlete don’t do much for me. Call me a curmudgeon, but I’d feel the same way if Ronald Reagan were president and Denver had a chance at the games. 

The fact that all of Obama’s cronies( like Valerie Jarrett), won’t be able to personally profit, doesn’t make me shed a tear either. This is typical of the Olympics. Cities pile up a mountain of debt that only benefits a select few. As it turns out, half the City of Chicago understands this.

I have to say, I am surprised that Obama, schooled in Alinsky/Chicago politics wasn’t able to pull this off. Looks like the crooks in the IOC could see Obama working from a mile away.  Takes one to know one I guess.

Perhaps Obama should have taken a lesson from Chris Darden of O.J. Simpson fame.  You remember him?  He is the dopey prosecutor who made O.J. try on the bloody glove.  “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”  Never commit yourself, at least openly, if you don’t know the outcome.

It isn’t only Obama’s failure that has me filled with joy today, but the reaction of  his worshiping sycophants in the media.  They are working overtime to try and spin his blunder. 

Obama is a one trick pony.  For two years that trick has worked wonders.  Hope and change rhetoric delivered in ubiquitous speeches aided by a teleprompter.  All campaign mode, all the time.  Seeing it fail is satisfying. 

The Obama Administration, along with its lapdog media ,can spin ( and will continue to do so) the economy, Afghanistan, cash for clunkers, healthcare, and all the rest.  The day of reckoning never comes, well, at least until the next election. 

This is different.  Obama clearly stated his goal.  He went about achieving it by giving a campaign style “touchy feely” teleprompter speech. Like always, he tried to use the force of his personality to get the job done.  And. He. Failed. Miserably.  In a matter of days.  With the entire world watching.  Tough to spin that.

I present a video (Hat tip: Ace of Spades)

One more question…

Did the entitled, affirmative action attitude, so exemplified by our dear 1st lady, help or hurt the vital cause of bringing the Olympics to Chicago in 7 years?

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The Post Presidency of George W. Bush

Former President George W. Bush has been rather quiet since he left office over eight months ago.  A speech in Canada and a few trips to sporting events have been the extent of his public activity. 

Last week for example, he showed up at the Dallas Cowboys new stadium and was seen on television chatting with NFL icon John Madden.  He appeared rejuvenated and enjoying life after an embattled and hard fought presidency.

He has kept with tradition and refrained from criticizing his successor.  This is unsurprising, and in keeping with both his respect for tradition and family pedigree.  Dick Cheney has been entrusted to fight for Bush Administration policies along with protecting and promoting it’s legacy.

Something doesn’t seem quite right though.  His post presidency is a bit too quiet.  I have personal memories of newly liberated former presidents( not to mention living through 5 partial, or complete post presidencies) and I’ve never seen anything like it. This isn’t my first rodeo.

In fairness, there has been a move to a new crib in Dallas, talk of a forthcoming autobiography, and apparently, a presidential library in the works.  However, I still think Bush’s level of inactivity and lack of public appearances seem unusual.

A couple days ago my feelings were confirmed.  It turns out George W. Bush didn’t move to Dallas at all.  In fact, he’s in Denver, and you will never believe what he is doing here.  I’ll let the picture speak for itself.

Doing A Job Americans Won't Do

Doing A Job Americans Won't Do

A bus mechanic!  I’m shocked.  Apparently his tumultuous presidency drove him to seek a fresh start.  A more secluded and simple life is probably attractive after years of dealing with attack dogs in the media. Does this explain it though?

Is it a coincidence that a major player in a terrorist plot was recently apprehended here in the Denver?  Maybe he couldn’t get all that “War on Terror” stuff out of his system and decided to take matters into his own hands.  Whatever it is, I’m going to get to the bottom of it.

This is breaking news and I would appreciate a link (or at least a hat tip) if you decide to write about this.  I just talked to Matt Drudge and he is warming up his siren as we speak.  In my humble opinion, this is the biggest story broken by a blogger since the Dan Rather scandal in 2004.  If you don’t see new posts it probably means I’m off doing T.V. and radio interviews. 

 

Note: My picture doesn’t do the advertisement justice.  His resemblance to W. is striking at a certain distance.

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Thoughts on Polanski

I wasn’t going to comment on the Roman Polanski Saga, because frankly, it doesn’t interest me much.  I lost the ability to be shocked or outraged by such events long ago.  I’m either jaded, or like the lefties like to say, not paying attention.  I’m leaning toward the former.

Anyway, Alias Clio made a comment over at Roissy’s that peaked my interest a little bit so I figured I would respond to that.

Hey Roissy, I’m suffering from insomnia so I have a question for you: Roman Polanski – was it rape? Does he deserve to be prosecuted?

Prior to the last week, I didn’t know much about this case. All I knew was that Polanski was living in exile in France because he fled the U.S. after being charged with raping a 13-year-old.  Although I haven’t exactly immersed myself in every detail of this sordid affair; I feel comfortable answering in the affirmative to both of Clio’s questions.  Yes, I know I’m not Roissy.

You’ve defended Monica Lewinski, sort of, who was over 18 and not (quite) pitched at Clinton by her parents, as Polanski’s victim was. So will you defend her?

‘I’m not exactly sure what she is getting at but I’ll just say that there is a world of difference between a 13-year-old girl and a 22-year-old woman.  Not sure why Roissy or anyone else would not defend a 13-year-old girl as long as her story is credible.  I haven’t seen Gannon over there in a long time. Heh.

I’m curious, because although there’s some “he said, she said” in this story, I find this victim credible. And Polanski did plead guilty, or so I understand. An alpha male? Or a sociopath? Please don’t tell us that the two are exactly the same.

I find the victim in this case, from the stuff I have read, to be credible as well. 

An alpha male?  Probably. A sociopath? Perhaps. In my humble opinion, the two are not  the same, but they aren’t mutually exclusive either.  It is possible to be both.  I think most sociopaths would tend to either be alpha or omega.  Outliers at either end of the spectrum.  Ted Bundy or Scott Peterson the alpha.  Jeffery Dahlmer or John Wayne Gacy the omega.

The act itself was not alpha though.  Self control is an alpha characteristic no? 

She goes on…

JB, it still looks like rape to me, except that if Polanski weren’t famous no one would have heard about it. In fact, if he weren’t famous it might not have happened at all, because the child’s mother would not have left her alone with any old middle-aged man who had promised to get her picture into Vogue. I don’t think that the mother’s actions were intended to end in the rape of her daughter; she was both naive and ambitious, but not evil. But I don’t believe for one moment that the girl consented.

I won’t speak to this particular mother since I don’t know anything about her, but I don’t doubt there are plenty of parents who are willing to recklessly endanger their child’s well being for a shot at fame and fortune.  I’ll go farther.  Plenty would encourage their young daughters to sleep with powerful men if they thought it would help them break into the cutthroat world of modeling or acting.

Some evidence…

 

There’s some ground for suggesting that Polanski thought the girl had consented, though, or that her mother’s consent had secured her own.

I haven’t seen anything credible in my limited study of this case to suggest consent.  Is her age in doubt?  Is the drugs or alcohol she was given in dispute? I don’t believe a mother can grant consent for a girl that young either. If I am missing something I would like to know though.

And I can recall a debate about rape both here and at my own website, in which various commentators suggested that any time there was any doubt at all regarding consent, the alleged perpetrator should be given the benefit of the doubt.

Not sure if she means in a court of law or opinion.  If she means the former I think that rape trials should be held to the same evidentiary standard as any other legal proceeding.  Beyond a reasonable doubt, not any doubt. 

This is hardly a typical “date rape” case in any event.  If a prosecutors only evidence is the female’s word, the male probably shouldn’t be charged.

I take each case one at a time.  In this instance I believe the girl and her mother.  From what I know, I believe Polanski raped her beyond a reasonable doubt.  The fact that the girl was 13 makes it much easier.

Of course, this girl was, at 13, under the age of consent to begin with – a complicating factor in the case and certainly one that guaranteed Mr Polanski’s being found guilty. But many men who post here don’t seem to think much of age of consent laws, either.

I can only speak for myself but I believe in them. Within reason of course.  I don’t want 20-year-old boys going to prison for having sex with 16-year-old girls for example.  I know I am taking a courageous position when I say that I don’t think it should be legal for 44-year-old men to have sex with 13 year olds. A bold stand indeed. 

That’s why I’m asking the question. I’m not in any doubt that it was rape. I don’t think the girl or her mother stood to gain anything by making a false accusation of rape, as the case was tried in 1978, a time when feminist legal theory and anti-rape fury had not reached the high level of influence they would in the 1980s.

Greed was still operable in the 70s though.

 If the child had wanted to appear in Vogue at any price, both mother and daughter would have done better to remain silent about the rape.

Her last point is a good one.  It gives the girl and her mother more credibility.  At the very least they could have taken a payoff and went away quietly.  The fact that they didn’t is telling.

Thank you Clio for providing me with something to post today.  You raised some good questions and concerns.

 

One last thing though.  The victim no longer wants Polanski prosecuted.  Here are some words from her I found on Wikipedia:

In a 2003 interview, Samantha Geimer said, “Straight up, what he did to me was wrong. But I wish he would return to America so the whole ordeal can be put to rest for both of us.” Furthermore, “I’m sure if he could go back, he wouldn’t do it again. He made a terrible mistake but he’s paid for it.” In 2008, Geimer stated in an interview that she wishes Polanski would be forgiven, “I think he’s sorry, I think he knows it was wrong. I don’t think he’s a danger to society. I don’t think he needs to be locked up forever and no one has ever come out ever — besides me — and accused him of anything. It was 30 years ago now. It’s an unpleasant memory … (but) I can live with it.”

I have a question.  Do you think she would be so forgiving if it were a lowly “Average Joe” who had raped her as opposed to a famous director?

Oh, and I did like The Pianist.

 

A few links…

ABC News story on the case

An excerpt from the victim in grand jury testimony ( graphic in nature)

A feminist( Anne Orangebum) gets into a huff when called on her bullshit

A member of Charlie Manson’s harem, who killed Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate in 1969, died a few days ago

 

A couple off topic links…

A former aide to Bill Clinton is claiming the ex pres got a bit too friendly with her.  I believed her up until she said she got “uncomfortable.”  HT: Jammie Wearing Fool

I found a picture of these ugly left wing piglets protesting against private health insurance.  Of course my goal in life is to subsidize these two slobs early onset diabetes so they can sit around surfing Jezebel and Feministing all day.

Update: Ace, over at Ace of Spades correctly labels Andrew Young ( John Edwards buttboy/former aide) at the bottom of the post.

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Terrorists, Acorn, Road House, and Dumpster Diving

You would think that the city of Denver, and the State of Colorado, would be pretty far down the list with regard to terrorist hot spots.  If this story is true, it would be more evidence of that being an incorrect assumption. (The fact that I haven’t seen a white taxi cab driver since 1997 might be another clue, but thats another matter.)

Fittingly, Whiskey recently wrote about Sayyed Qutb, an influential radical Sunni Muslim, who was executed for his extremist activities by the Egyptian government in 1966.  His brief stay in Greeley, Colorado, in the late forties, played a large role in developing his ideology.  I’ll repeat that: Greeley, Colorado. In 1949.  Not Manhattan. Not Los Angeles. Not San Francisco.

To demonstrate Qutb’s importance, Ayman al-Zawahiri, a fellow Egyptian, and Bin Laden’s chief deputy, studied in Saudi Arabia under his brother, and fellow traveler, Muhammed.  Osama bin Laden himself, admired, and was acquainted with Mohammed Qutb.  As Whiskey said, this info can be found in Lawrence Wright’s book The Looming Tower.

Do we have Greeley, Colorado, circa 1950, to blame for Al Qaeda?  Well that would be silly and simplistic of course, but I find the link fascinating nonetheless.  I think this antidote goes to show that people who believe in this ideology won’t be satisfied with the absence of Israel and American military bases from their lands. 

Occasionally, I drive through the town of about 100,000, and think about this weird connection.  Today, Greeley’s (a town that is about 50 miles Northeast of Denver) biggest claim to fame is a small college, and a large meatpacking presence. 

The deleterious influence of illegal aliens (and the increasing gang activity that goes with it)on the town, means that Mexico and Central America are of more concern to residents, than Egypt and the Middle East.

Well, that is, until recently.  I guess Somalis are now doing the jobs that Americans, and increasingly, Mexicans won’t do.

a couple links on this recent trend…

A warm and fuzzy article about the joys and difficulties of assimilation.

blog post from Gates of Vienna has a bit different POV.

 

Today, while walking through the lobby of a building downtown, I happened to catch some news coverage from CNN.  The volume was low, but I could see from the graphics that the reporter bimbo was interviewing a member of the Congressional Black Caucus about the infamous Joe Wilson outburst. 

Ya know, the guy that yelled out, “You lie!”, to Barrack Obama, in the middle of his speech before Congress.  Probably one of the most important issues the Republic has ever faced. 

I only saw about 20 seconds worth of coverage, but from what I could gather, the Congressman supports the death penalty for Wilson. 

Anyway, I contrast this, with the coverage, or lack thereof, of the brewing Acorn scandal.

Ya know, the story about members of Acorn, a virtuous and selfless community organizer group, being caught on tape giving advice about how a pimp could successful get away with running a child prostitution ring and avoid paying taxes.  That one.

A group by the way, that receives public funding, and has until recently, been in line to help with the 2010 census.  A group that engages in voter fraud, and judging by the videos, a lot of other illegal activity.

On the surface, this story should be right up the mass medias alley.  Two young people, in their early 20’s, secretly video taping an organization that doesn’t hesitate to aid and abet child prostitution, illegal immigration, sex slavery, tax evasion and fraud.  Sounds pretty juicy to me.  Almost as juicy as a search for a dead blonde girl’s killer.

The sage from ABC, Charlie Gibson, didn’t even know about the story.  Hadn’t even heard of it until today.  Hey Charlie, after you tell me about the Bush Doctrine, why don’t you get on your computer and go to the Drudge Report.  He doesn’t work for the New York Times, so you may have to put it in your search engine.

Slightly off topic question: Should I be surprised that all of the amoral cretins caught on video so far have been female?  Hmm…maybe, maybe not.

I won’t bore you with why I think the Acorn story is being buried by most of the media, or why they choose to run around the clock Joe Wilson coverage.  I have also decided not to give the answer to the question of what 2+2 equals either. 

I’m gonna evoke memories of Matt McConaughey in, A Time To Kill, though.  Close your eyes and imagine the group under fire is Club for Growth.  Convincing huh.  Even Barack Obama wouldn’t be able to preempt wall to wall coverage of tough-minded journalists stalking Grover Norquist and his beard.

To conclude, talk of media bias is boring.  It’s been documented time and time again.  Only the clueless or disingenuous deny it exists.  It’s also gotten better.  Traditional media is like a dinosaur gasping for its final breath after the asteroid of Internet and talk radio hit.  Suffice it to say, this won’t be a regular feature here.

Television is a lazy and inefficient way of getting news anyway.  Reading allows for more depth and variety, in far less time.  Except for breaking news, or events where actually seeing it happen is crucial for understanding, TV news is worthless.   I’m thinking of speeches or 9/11 style events. 

Oh and one other thing: hurricanes.  Who would want to miss Geraldo and his ego, clinging to a telephone pole, and all the vital info that comes with it.  Thanks to this brave journalism, I now know that hurricanes are very windy and rainy.

 

Patrick Swayze died yesterday.  He seemed like a pretty cool guy and I admired the way he handled his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer.  He seemed to carry himself with class. 

He also happened to star in the best “so bad it’s good” movie ever made.  I am talking about Road House of course.  If you aren’t familiar, click here.

In honor of Swayze, and his work in one of the greatest movies ever made, I decided to put up this tribute.  With help from the soundtrack from the movie Glory, it sets the mood perfectly.

 

I trust that, fellow blogger, and Wichita, Kansas resident, Chuck Ross, was miles away when this sordid event occured.

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Ice Road Truckers and a Woman Worth Highlighting

I got hooked on The History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers three years ago.  Although TV in general, and reality shows in particular, don’t usually interest me, I took a liking to IRT right away.  I have always had a fascination with the Arctic and the extreme climate and conditions that go with it.  This alone explains the show’s ability to suck me in for three seasons.

This new genre of reality show, one that highlights dangerous blue collar jobs, is interesting in itself.  Sex, titillating voyeurism, and people doing outrageous and embarrassing things for money aren’t used to sell this new concept.  Could you imagine this being successful 60 years ago?  Would Jackie Gleason have been preempted by a modern day Grizzly Adams, chopping down a redwood tree?  I think not. Why does it work now?

 A few factors in no particular order… 

A higher percentage of the population lives in an urban setting. 

 An interest in the roots of the country’s high standard of living. 

Unique all male work environments.

Male bonding and conflict. 

A feminization of the culture.

A feminization of television.

An appreciation of the work.

Masculine traits like goal orientation, problem solving, and teamwork.

Work that involves danger.

Work that is adventurous.

Men sans de-balled mangina tendencies.

Compare all of this to the kind of jobs so many men are stuck in today and it’s easy to see why these shows can be compelling.  The lifestyle these jobs provide, and the people who do them, are more interesting and desirable than they were 60 years ago.

 

In season three, Ice Road Truckers featured its first female driver.  When I first heard about it, I wasn’t optimistic.  I figured 1 of 2 scenarios would play out.  The female would be an ugly, tobacco spitting, bull dyke or an incompetent, affirmitive action gimmick. 

The former would shed no light on male/female work relations (what’s interesting about a “man” without a penis?), and the latter would bring cringe inducing incompetence, talk of “brave pioneer” ad nauseum, and constant complaints about men and their insecure, superiority complex. 

I figured it would be an Alaskan dyke, and considering the alternative, hoping it was. Needless to say, I was not looking forward to this politically correct distraction.

Surprising, my worries would be unfounded.  The woman in question, Lisa Kelly, turned out to be young, attractive, and most importantly, able to pull her own weight.  She was a tomboy, but still had feminine aspects to her personality.  I really liked what she brought to the show.

A few reasons why she stood out…

1. She took criticism and instruction well.  I never saw her bristle or take offense when someone who was more experienced and knowledgeable (a man) told her something useful.

2. She didn’t whine.  She had a pleasant demeanor and seemed to enjoy what she was doing.  She seemed like an ambitious and hard worker.

3. She didn’t appear to be an affirmative action/gimmick for TV hire.  From what I could tell, she knew what she was doing.  I never felt that she was the “weak link” that other people (men) had to cover for.  In fact, I would guess her skills to be above average if compared to the male truckers.

Sidebar:In my opinion, the road IRT highlighted in season 3 was the toughest they have shown to date.  The Dalton Highway was featured, a road that runs from Fairbanks, Alaska all the way up to Prudhoe Bay.  The truckers supply parts, big and small, used in oil drilling, and exploration.  The weather is of course harsh and unpredictable, and the road runs through difficult and diverse terrain.  The road is icy, narrow and often steep, which make passing and breaking a challenge in itself.  End sidebar.

4. She was honest and humble about duties she needed help with.  Lisa had only been driving a big rig for a couple years, I believe, at the time of the show’s filming, so on occasion something would come up ( usually mechanical) that she couldn’t tackle herself.  She was fine with someone (a man) fixing it for her.  She tried to understand what they were doing in order to handle it the next time by herself.  Additionally, I never got the feeling she took advantage of her co-workers eagerness to help her (and eager they were).

5. Didn’t try to be a man.  Feminine, and at times flirty, I think Lisa enjoys being a woman, and I suspect, understands male/female differences.  I’m sure we have a lack of a college “education” to explain this wisdom.

6. Liked her co-workers.  Never noticed a chip on her shoulder or a superiority complex.  She seemed to take the extra attention that comes with being young, female, and good looking in stride.  I don’t recall a single moment where she played the victim or claimed to be offended.

7. No feminist drivel. Very little talk about how unique, empowered and special she is, or her quest to blaze a path for every women locked out of the ice road trucking game.  I suspect she realizes that very few women could accomplish what she has, and maintains a healthy respect for the men who do the work.

Another sidebar:  I was struck by how respectful the men were of Lisa.  I mean this should be a feminist’s wet dream. A woman surrounded by a bunch of unrefined, blue collar barbarians should bring a barrage of inequality and sexual harassment. 

Of course the opposite is true.  Hard working men with wives and children, invested in society, will treat a woman with respect, and provide protection from those who don’t.  In addition, men love to work with women that are competent, hard working, and don’t seek special favor.  (Ironically, this behavior will be such a breath of fresh air, that, many times, it will be rewarded with special favors( especially if she is attractive).  As long as a woman maintains an aversion to it, I have no problem with this.  I have no interest in fighting human nature.)  End sidebar.

I realize that her upbringing, and lifestyle in the wilds of Alaska, have a lot to do with her behavior ( she is strikingly similar to Sarah Palin).  I also understand her nature and “tomboyishness” are a bit unque as well. 

I don’t expect most women to have her background, or an interest in her lifestyle, but it would be nice if her attitude was a bit more prevalent. Especially in work settings. It would be nice if I won the lottery too I spose.  In other words, I’m not holding my breath.

On the bright side, if her behavior was commonplace, I wouldn’t be writing this, and probably wouldn’t have a blog in the 1st place.  Wait, is that the bright side?  Nevermind.

In the interest of fairness, and for the purpose of advocating what I am for, instead of only addressing what I am against, I have decided to occasionally highlight women who deserve it.

A contrast between Lisa’s behavior (and the improved workplace environment it brings), as opposed to what I commonly see, is worth a post of its own.  For now, I’ll just say that I believe her to be very unique and worth celebrating.

Congratulations Lisa Kelly, you deserve it.

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NFL Predictions and Musings

Football

Football

The opening day of the NFL season gives me an excuse to take a break from men’s issues for a day.  I’m going to see if I can get through a whole column without uttering the word, women.  Don’t bet on it though. 

For a long time, sports was a major part of my life.  That probably started changing 7 or 8 years ago.  I still read the sports page everyday( errr I mean I go to sports related websites), but I watch very little sports on TV anymore.

A quick list of major sports, and how much I view them…

NFL: All Bronco games and maybe one additional game a week, usually on Sunday.  I generally catch most playoff games.

MLB: I attend a few Rockies games a year but rarely watch any baseball on TV.  I might watch a few World Series games depending on the teams.  This year may be different if the Rockies make the postseason.

NBA: Might attend a Nuggets game or two a year.  Watch very little of the regular season on TV.  Watch a handful of playoff games depending on the teams.  Finals vary depending on who is playing.

College Basketball: A few March Madness games. Thats it.

College Football: A few big games a year and the BCS Championship Game.

Nascar: Only with a family member if it happens to be on at their place.

Hockey: Whats that?

Golf: If Tiger is in contention, and in a major only.

Because I read about sports 20 minutes a day or so, I still am fairly up to speed.  My historical knowledge is good because of my youth.  I still know more than a lot of people, but it is no longer of significant importance in my life. 

The NFL is a slight exception, and I still have enough interest to write about it occasionally.

I think the main reason for this, is because they only play once a week.  Much easier to follow and maintain interest in a sport when you only have to devote 3 hours a week to watch your favorite team play.

A few things I like about the NFL…

The complexity.  The preparation that is required to learn complex playbooks and carry out game plans is pretty impressive.  For a taste of it, try playing the John Madden video game created by EA sports.  It does a pretty good job of capturing its essence. Really, I swear.

Players that go 100% all of the time.  Only playing 16 regular season games has something to do with this.  The major reason though is that contracts aren’t guaranteed.   Players don’t have the leverage as in other sports.  NFL players, in most cases, don’t make the kind of money that many of their fellow sportsman do.  This also happens to be why I don’t begrudge players in the NFL who holdout or demand trades as much as I do in other sports. 

Every game is meaningful.  Game 8 of the regular season is important for a football team.  Game 108 for a baseball team, not so much.

Every game has buzz.  See above.

Teamwork.  Of the major sports, football requires the most of it. Everything that each player does on offense or defense is connected and necessary for success. One small screw up by the left guard can be the difference in a team getting a 10 yard penalty or a 60 yard touchdown pass.

Parity. I may be a free market capitalist, but I am a sports socialist.  Mike Rosen, a talk show host I listen to, explains it well.  The Broncos aren’t trying to drive the Raiders out of business, only to beat them on the field.  These are franchises not individual entities.  The NFL is strong and healthy, in large part, because of parity that is achieved through revenue sharing among the teams. A hard salary cap is helpful as well of course. Bud Selig and the MLB union might want to take some notes.

Most games are played on Sunday.  Very easy to get immersed in games on Sunday, and forget about it the other 6 days a week.

Fantasy football.  Yes, I admit it.  I have a soft spot for this decidedly dorky activity.  I don’t have a team this year, but in times past I have enjoyed it.

Brett Favre……df..dfgbc… Sorry about that.  John Madden took control of my keyboard for a moment.

Things I don’t like about the NFL…

The incessant commercial time outs. I had the Direct TV NFL package one year and loved it.  Don’t remember seeing a commercial the whole season.  My thumb got a bit sore though.

Corporate names on stadiums. Yeah I know, it makes economic sense.  I’m mostly just venting.  I miss Mile High Stadium though.  Our new stadium in Denver is called: Invesco Field at Mile High.  They stuck the “at Mile High” on to appease the nostalgists. A lame compromise if you ask me.  It sounds ridiculous.

75% of the announcers.  Usually an arrogant, geeky metrosexual, paired up with an ex-player, meathead type.  It’s Mike and Mike in the Morning every damn game.  Not my idea of a good combination.  I’m old fashioned.  I miss Pat Summeral and John Madden (before he jumped the shark).

Sideline reporters. Two types of this species can be found, roaming around the field, offering up innane opinions or trivial “news” items.  The barely literate Tony Siragusa type or the big titted bimbo. The interviews they provide uniformly suck.  Needless to say, I’m not impressed with either. 

Pre game shows.  Braggart ex-players still jonesing for an attention fix, and jock stiffing hosts, together, make for a fun-filled hour of shitty jokes, tired old stories from the glory days, and plenty of ass kissing.  The self-importance is generally amusing as well.  A player will go from near diety status to disgraced non entity in the course of a few weeks.  Really guys, it ain’t that big a deal.

For the record, I happen to like The Fox pregame show the best.  Plenty of lame jokes, but the other stuff is tamped down a little bit.  They don’t seem to take themselves as seriously.  This reminds me of another complaint though…

The weather girl reports.  You mean its warm in Miami and snowing in Green Bay in November?  Wow thanks.  Appreciate that.  Maybe it’s for the last minute gambling junkies. Speaking of..

Anytime I run into a game being analyzed from the perspective of a gambler.  The greasy, and often sweaty, scumbags screaming into the television.  Yeah I know, I’ll never lose if I call your 800 number and get your picks and locks and guarantees of the week.  I think I’ll quit my job.

 

On that note here are my predictions for the upcoming season.  Feel free to use them to win lots of money in Vegas.  These are my locks, guarantees, and super duper, put it in the bank, picks of the week, month, decade and year.

AFC Division winners

East: Patriots 13-3

North: Steelers 12-4

South: Colts 10-6

West: Chargers 12-4

Wildcard: Ravens 11-5, Dolphins 10-6

1st round: Chargers over Dolphins, Ravens over Colts

2nd Round: Pats over Ravens, Steelers over Chargers

AFC  Champion: Patriots

 

NFC Division winners

East: New York 12-4

North: Minnesota 11-5

South: New Orleans 11-5

West: Arizona 10-6

Wildcard: Chicago 10-6, Seattle 9-7

1st round: New Orleans over Seattle, Chicago over Arizona

2nd round: Minnesota over New Orleans, New York over Chicago

NFC Champion: Minnesota

Super Bowl Champion: New England Patriots

With all the money you will win using these picks, I hope you drop a small percentage my way.

 A few final thoughts, questions, and predictions…

Am I a bad person for hoping Michael Vick gets “Joe Theismanned” this year?

Am I putting too much faith in the flakey, and increasingly brittle, Brett Favre?

Which is bigger: Jerry Jones’ ego or the new scoreboard at the Cowboys new stadium?

Speaking of the Cowboys…. Wade Phillips will be fired during the bye week and replaced with Jason Garrett.  Garrett will have the rest of the season to prove he is a better choice than Mike Shanahan.

Did Chad Ochocinco jump the shark last year, or the year before?  (Yes I wanted a reason to type in Ochocinco).

Terrell Owens will have a major blow up by week 4.  No, I am not a distant relative of Nostradamus.

If Tom Brady remains healthy, the Patriots will be scary good this year.

Does Peyton Manning make more in salary, or endorsements?  I think Manning is on TV more than Obama.

Oh, before I forget…

The Broncos will go 4-12.

Kyle Orton will lose his job to Chris Simms.

Fans will remind McDaniels (and his ego), that Jay Cutler shouldn’t have been traded.

The defense will be improved.

The Broncos will be surprisingly competitive towards the end of the year.

 

Well I made it, not one mention of the W-word.  Perhaps another time I will discuss how sports have become, unfortunately, the last refuge of many men, in a culture dominated by w…..

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