Archive for April, 2006

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April 30, 2006

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April 29, 2006

I'd like to cordially invite you to the new home of Red's Basement.  It will be hosted now by WNYMedia.net.  No prolems here at WordPress, just going local and joining some friends…..

New Link:  redsbasement.wnymedia.net

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April 29, 2006

A quick synopsis of events of the last day:

The Sabres gave the game away last night as they lost 5-4 to the Flyers.  They better remember how to play the whole game and not just one or two periods.  They can't expect to mount last minute comebacks all the time….

Final bill for the van: $685.43.  And it stops so well that I almost put my head through the windshield at the first stop. 🙂

Work was a bitch yesterday, I put in about 10 hours, and then I was up half the night with a 2-way mass evacuation of my gastrointestinal system.  Fun wow…

There will be a rather important announcement here tonight, so be sure to check in to see what the news is!

sabres, a little late

April 27, 2006

I never did get to talk about my take on the Sabres v. Flyers game 3.  The Sabres were ripe for a let down and they sure didn't disappoint.  I missed most of it due to 2 rather demanding children and a wife that was at some home interiors party.  I thought they picked it up a bit in the third, as Philly appeared to tire out.  So that's a good sign.  The Sabres must win tomorrow night, or this series gets somewhere Buffalo doesn't want to go….long.  For a better look at things, go to BfloBlog.

and the winner is…

April 27, 2006

This is the biggest surprise of the year.  Not.

sick. this government is sick.

April 27, 2006

This article in the Buffalo News today has me exasperated.  The Legislature overrode Pataki's vetoes.  So Pataki decides that he's going to ignore 2/3 of the restorations, making the decision that they are illegal.  Briefly:

Pataki:

The governor says most of what legislators restored in funding and tax cuts is illegal – and won't be spent – because they violated a ruling from the state's highest court that firmly planted control over the budget process in the governor's hands by limiting the Legislature's ability to alter gubernatorial budget plans without Pataki's approval.

Or: "It's MY budget and you can't change it wah wah wah wah wah."

Silver:

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said Pataki is trying to have it all ways: taking credit for big education aid hikes that lawmakers pushed while trying to appear as a fiscal conservative at a time he's mulling a White House bid.

Or: "I want my share of the glory too wah wah wah wah wah wah."

Bruno:

Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno said Pataki had taken a "my way or the highway" stance, giving lawmakers no choice but to override.

"There's nothing that stops us from negotiating after the overrides," Bruno said.

Or:  "I'm going to get my way no matter what wah wah wah wah wah."

Our state is run by 3 prepubescent-acting little boys.  And we continue to stand by while they destroy our state.  Good for us.  The next time I hear about how nothing ever changes and I see that the voter turnout is at 14% of registered voters, I'll be sure to laugh my ass off.

american idol finally gets it right

April 27, 2006

Just when I thought I couldn't bear the thought of another post about American Idol, I found out that Pickler got dumped.  About freaking time.  I swear she must have been sleeping with Simon, because it seemed like he couldn't say a bad thing about her until just this week.  And even then he didn't say it was BAD, just boring.  Sheesh.

ouch

April 27, 2006

It's been a long, busy couple of days what with the end of the month at work and other family obligations taking a lot of time and energy.  Hopefully, blogging will return to semi-normal for a few days. 

So now I'm waiting for a ride home from work from my wife, because my van needed to be inspected.  Actually, it needed more than inspection, it needed over $600 worth of work to pass the inspection.  Not very cool in the least, thanks.  But at least it ought to stop a lot better with front brakes that work.  Ah, springtime in Erie County – see what the winter did to your car and get it fixed. 🙂

ricky williams, part 2

April 26, 2006

It seems that I was wrong on a part of the Ricky Williams story.  According to some reports, the fourth violation of the substance abuse policy of the NFL was not for marijuana.  It was not specified, as far as I could find, other than to say that it was not the hippie lettuce. 

There was a comment from Jaquandor in my earlier post that said in part:

…I can’t work up anger toward people who like marijuana anymore anyway. Legalize the shit, and this never comes up.

This is an interesting comment in a few ways.  It first makes me think of what my own stance on decriminalization or straight legalization of the suff.  I am torn.  In a way, I think legalization would help the governement run.  Tax the hell out of it, make a fortune, and quit taxing the rest of us so darned much.  It would also eliminate an entire class of criminal.  The neighborhood pot guy.  We all know one.  On the other side, it's a DRUG.  It DOES support vast criminal activity.  The effects are bad, both short and long term.  And there aren't enough Doritos in the world to satisfy the munchies.

The second part that's got me thinking is this:  Why does the NFL ban these substances?  It's not like pot is a performance enhancer.  I remember a press conference with Bobby Valentine a few years back, when he was managing the Mets, I think.  He was commenting about the allegations of pot use within the Mets organization, and it might have been the funniest baselball interview I ever saw.  He basically said that no one smokes pot to play better, and then went on to do a funny imitation of a batter at the plate that was high as a kite.  Whoa, dude….  So what does the NFL care about what its players do off the field?  Not much it would seem, unless they kill someone.  Not too many recreational illegal drugs make you a better player, do they?  It's also funny that the NFL has no problem taking advertising dollars from Budweiser yet discourages its players from drinking it.  They absolutely discourage any betting, but require full disclosure of injuries from teams for why?  Arrrggghhh.

So what should the NFL, or the government do?

ricky’s blazin’ again

April 25, 2006

The NFL is suspending Ricky Williams for the 2006 season for violating its substance abuse policy.  This is after the failure of Ricky's appeal.  Ricky has made a statement in which he anticipates coming back in 2007 to the Dolphins.  Nick Saban has expressed his disappointment with the decision.  And that, my friends, is a bunch of crap.  Dude can't stay away from the hippie lettuce, and I see no reason that's going to change.  Any opinions?

yeah, that’ll help

April 25, 2006

Does anyone really think this is going to help?  Gas prices went up to near "Katrina" levels this week, but something's missing.  Like a natural disaster or other major reason for them to go up.  So Bush is going to do three things.  Let's see:

1.  Ease environmental standards for production of gasoline temporarily.  Temporarily my ass.  So the idea is to cut expenses for refineries.  Then they pass that savings along to consumers.  Sure, that ALWAYS happens.

2.  Defer purchases for the national reserve until the fall.  So I'm going to not buy a case of beer from Consumer's Beverages, so that we'll have enough for the rest of you and maybe the price will go down a little because there's less demand.  Right.

3.  Call for an investigation into gasoline pricing for possible gouging.  OK.  Fox watching the henhouse or something like that…

$3.75 per gallon, anyone?

light time for blogging

April 25, 2006

Just so you're all aware, I'll be going light on the posting for a couple days.  I have a few things going on, and they're going to take a bit of time over the next few days.  I'll get some stuff up here and there, so don't despair…