Wednesday, May 10, 2006

My Poor, Poor Cubbies. And Yet...

Yeah, I know this is slightly off of the regular theme of my blog, but I had to say something. What in Gods name are the Cubs doing?? They've won only ONE time on their current road trip, and have only scored 12 runs in their last 10 games. Not good. I think the season may end in June like it did last year. Oh well, we tried, right? Just proving once again that "Next Year is Definitely Not Here".

On the brightside, my second favorite team (is that possible?), the Milwaukee Brewers, aren't doing too bad. After all, they did what the Cubs couldn't do, that is, beat the Padres. If they ever learn how to keep dynasty players, like Scotty Pods and Richy Sexson, they may actually be great someday. And they kicked the crap out of the Cubs at Wrigley. Now that I think about it...that series started the Cubs horrible tailspin. Ever cry and cheer at the same time? Well I did.
Stupid Brewers......oh, how can I stay mad at a team named after the beer making process! Love ya Brewers!

Lastly, I'm going to the Sox game tonight. Wow...seriously reconsidering my Cubbie loyalty. Moment of clarity, if you will.

Haha, naw, f-that, I bleed Cubbie blue baby.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Are You Kidding Me??

U.S. Has Second Worst Infant Mortality Rate In the Developed World

A new study has shown that 2 million babies in the U.S. die within the first 24 hours of being born. Why??? Aren't we supposed to be the most technologically advanced, and not to mention richest, society on the planet? Then how come so many newborns are dying? "The United States has more neonatologists and neonatal intensive care beds per person than Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, but its newborn rate is higher than any of those countries," said the annual State of the World's Mothers report.
Only Latvia has a higher rate of newborn mortality, averaging 6 deaths per 1,000 births. Wow....Latvia. One of the former Soviet block countries. We should be proud. Is it any coincidence that the countries at the top of the list have socialized health care? And further, is it any coincidence that the rate of newborn death is even higher for African-Americans, with 9.3 deaths per 1,000 births? I think this just polarizes even further problems with the health care system in the U.S.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Letter to the President

Iranian Leader Proposes New Ways "For Exiting From the Current Critical Situation"

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written a letter to President Bush, citing "new ways" in which the two can put aside their differences. The letter is the first in 27 years from an Iranian leader to the President of the United States. Ahmadinejad has not addressed Iran's nuclear ambitions in the letter, and the details of it "will not be made public until Bush receives the letter."

Friday, May 05, 2006


Propaganda At Its Most Vulnerable

The video was supposed to show a terrorist mastermind skillfully handling an assult rifle and vowing to use it against the U.S. Instead, the public saw the laughable scenario of a man trying to look menacing, but instead looking like a moron who hasn't been around a gun in his life. Such was the case with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in his latest video. Other videos siezed by the U.S. during raids reportedly show Jordanian born Zarqawi dressed in a black uniform but wearing New Balance brand trainers. Is this guy for real?? Major General Rick Lynch, a spokesman for the US military, said the video "makes you wonder" about the fighting skills of Zarqawi's group. For sure Rick, for sure...

Finally, Peace?

Peace Breakthrough in Darfur

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With hundreds of thousands dead of disease and genocide, and over 1 million more displaced by rebel fighting, there may finally be a beginning to an end to the horrors of Dafur. The main rebel group, Minni Minnawi, and the government of Sudan have tenatively agreed to sign a peace agreement. However, smaller rebel groups, such as the Arab government backed janjaweed, who are responsible for "ethnic cleansing" within the region, have refused to talk peace. "Not all the movements are in accord, but we're already getting phone calls that people with (rebel faction leader) Abdel Wahid (Nur) believe he has made a mistake [in not signing].", said U.S. Deputy Seretary of State Robert Zoellick.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

You Will Die With a Whimper

Judge Condemns Moussaoui to "Alcatraz of the Rockies" Prison

"God curse America. God bless and save Osama bin Laden -- you will never get him," he told a packed federal courtroom that included family members of people killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Well, Zach, thats all fine and dandy, but you know what they say---revenge is a dish best served cold. Thats why you'll be spending the rest of your life at the "Alcatraz of the Rockies". Have fun.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Do You Know This Man?

U.S. Says He's a Top Bin Laden Aide

Mustafa Setmarian Nasar, a Syrian who also holds Spanish citizenship, was captured in a November 2005 sting in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta. Also known as Abu Musab al-Suri (sound familiar?), he is wanted for the 7/7 London bombings. Here is what he had to say about Al-Queda and the Arab-Afghan terrorist movement: "I was honored to participate in the Afghani jihad against the Russians and the communists until we exterminated their forces and lowered their flanks and made an example out of them—as we will also do with America, with the help of Allah…" Sounds like a pleasant fellow. A top U.S. official, who remained unnamed, told CNN that he beleives Nasar to now be in U.S. custody.

Where Loyalties Lay

Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist Backs Out of $100 Gas Rebate

The proposed $100 dollar rebate for millions of motorists across the nation has been shut down. Amidst pressure by business leaders, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist decided not to impose the tax increase on oil companies which would have funded the program. Frist gave no indication how the rebate, estimated to cost about $10 billion, will be paid for, although he said he still planned to "find a way to bring our proposals to the Senate floor for a vote."

Monday, May 01, 2006

Puerto Rican Schools and Gov. Offices Shut Down Amidst Crisis

100,000 Laid Off, Treasury Bankrupt

Well, the U.S. protectorate that many believe will become our 53rd state is bankrupt. Actually it's in debt. By about $740 million dollars. This forced a near total shutdown of the country, with only essential services like waste management, police and firestations remaining open. The Puerto Rican government has not been able to tackle this budget problem, which it has had since 2004. "As of 8 a.m. this morning, I don't have in hand a single legislative proposal that resolves this crisis," Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila told reporters. See! Americans arent the only one's in massive debt!!

A Day Without Immigrants

Nationwide "Day-Off" To Illustrate Immigrant Importance to U.S. Economy

Today thousands of immigrants across the nation are being urged to miss work and school in order to protest a bill in Congress that would make being an illegal immigrant a felony. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., told CBS that the U.S. should first secure its borders to stem illegal immigration. "I would then prefer to see us come up with some way to let immigrants here. "Pay a fine, pay a price, then learn English and get on a path to citizenship." To me, the real problem here is not illegal immigration per say, but instead the laws that enable becoming a legal immigrant being too stringent and cumbersome. The current immigration bill in Congress is just going to make becoming a legal immigrant more difficult, and does not strike at the core of the problem.