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Daily Gut: Daddy Got Us a Pony

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by Greg Gutfield posted on the DailyGut.com


So what did we learn this weekend? That the health care reform bill is such a big idea that it doesn’t matter what’s in it. It’s such a big idea, in fact, that that’s all those dopes voted for – the idea. Because they really don’t know what’s in the bill anyway. They couldn’t have – it’s 2,700 pages. This was, essentially, a “yes” vote on Shangri-la.



The argument was never about health care. It was about whether America can survive when strapped with another massive entitlement program, one in which we’ve been deceived about cost. Essentially Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama (Obamalosi, for short) looked at our crumbling economy, weighed down by three massive entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid), and thought: let’s have a fourth. Let’s go all in on unfunded entitlements.


The worst part? The lies. Seriously: How can anyone say this is going to save money?


I wanna show you a graph from Nick Gillespie’s great piece at Reason.com.


Check out the estimated cost of Medicare. 12 billion. Now check out its actual cost. 110 billion. They were only off by 900 percent.


Welcome to Greece, people. Jump in, the water’s warm.


Let’s look at all arguments for health care. First they tried to sell the thing on moral grounds. Didn’t work. Then on efficiency grounds. Still didn’t work. Then they switched to saving money. Thirty million new people to insure, and somehow they convinced themselves it’ll save us money! Using the same logic, we should insure Canada too! We’d really be saving cash then!


Look – universal health care is a beautiful idea. But so is getting a pony for your fifth birthday.


When daddy argues with little Susie over that pony, she doesn’t care about how they’re going to afford the pony. She doesn’t care if they have to mortgage the house to pay for the pony. She just wants that pony.


But see, daddy is supposed to know that. And daddy isn’t supposed to actually buy the pony! And, most of all, he isn’t supposed to tell everyone in earshot that it’s cheaper having that pony – than having a car.


But he just did. And the media, and the Dems – fell in line like a classroom of five year old girls.


They didn’t just buy the pony. They just bought the whole damn farm.

from The Hollywood Reporter

Marvel Studios has zeroed in on Hugo Weaving to play the villainous Red Skull in “Captain America.”


Joe Johnston is directing the movie, which remains in search of the actor to play Steve Rogers, Captain America’s alter ego.



In the Marvel comics, Red Skull has been Captain America’s archenemy since 1941, when he engaged in espionage and sabotage as Hitler’s right-hand man. In his final battle with the superhero, he was buried under the rubble of a bombed building but — as would occur later with Captain America — fell into a state of suspended animation. Both were revived in modern times.

The character was the villain in the low-budget 1990 “Captain America” movie.

The dealmaking with Weaving is in a delicate stage that will play out in the next day or so. Agencies grouse that Marvel plays hardball in the negotiating process and also demands multi-movie commitments, though the latter usually applies to actors playing its heroes.

If a deal happens, it would reunite the actor with Johnston, with whom he worked in the recent horror thriller “The Wolfman.” The CAA-repped Weaving already is known to genre fans as bad guy Agent Smith of the “Matrix” movies and elf ruler Elrond of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

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There are two responses possible for this:


#1 Brady has had his lights turned out one too many times
or
#2 We see who wears the pants around the Brady household



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CARTOON OF THE WEEK

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by Nate Beeler





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ROTHLISBERGER IN A BIT OF A PICKLE

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by Anthony Barnes


Ben Rothlisberger can't seem to stay away from the night club scene and trouble. Last Tuesday Rothlisberger was accused of sexual assault by student at Georgia College and State University. This took place at the Capital City nightclub where Rothlisberger and some friends were partying along with the alleged victim.


Big Ben has since released a statement saying that the female in question did accompany him to the restroom where they bumped their heads and the female fell to the floor striking her head. No evidence has been presented to the public yet and the investigation is still ongoing. The police have obtained the surveillance footage from the nightclub and are requesting DNA from the Steeler quarterback.


Now I am not going to try this case on this forum we will leave that up to the police and the judicial system to sort the facts out, however Rothlisberger does seem to have quite the pattern emerging with his behaviour, and whether guilty or not presents problems with him and the Steelers.


This is not the first time Rothlisberger has been accused of sexual assault and certainly not the first time he has got out of control at a nightclub. Truth be told I am not a Steeler fan but the franchise is a proud one that expects a level of professionalism out of their players, something that Rothlisberger has not been living up to as of late.


There is no doubt that Big Ben is a good quarterback and has taken his team to the Superbowl twice(now I would say their defense was more of the factor than anything in their Superbowl trips but others would disagree)but one must wonder how long the Rooneys are going to put up with these extra-curricular activities.


Here is my reasoning behind this.


#1- Rothlisberger suffers quite a bit of injuries and concussions. (I would argue this is due to the fact that Big Ben likes to hold onto to the ball way to long)


#2- With the influx of quarterbacks coming out of college and free agency the Rooneys may decide that shopping around for a established quarterback and drafting and crafting a newbie may be better than the bad publicity that the Steelers would be showered with if Rothlisberger keeps up his hijinks.


#3- Rothlisberger doesn't seem to take his status very seriously as one of the premiere QBs in the NFL. He doesn't seem to realize that he is a role model whether he wants to be one or not and whether it is fair or not quarterbacks are held to a higher standard than the any other position on the playing field. If Big Ben continues down this path of public embarassment for the Pittsburgh Steelers I believe the Rooneys will have no choice but to cut their losses and and find another QB.


Now for my full disclosure your esteemed writer is a ardent Baltimore Ravens fan and truth be told we have had our problems with lawlessness on our team as well, however this goes back to the quarterback issue I raised in the previous paragraph and the unfortunate double standard. For my own selfish purposes I would like to see Big Ben still play for the Steelers for the simple reason I like watching the Ravens sack him and the rivalry makes for great games, but if the battered quarterback can't clean up his act then his future in the steel city may not be that solid.

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DAILY GUT: RULES TO AVOID FAILURE

Posted by T. BARNES On 7:47 PM 0 comments

by Greg Gutfield
originally posted on TheDailyGut.com

So this week, in Texas, the State Board of Education will be making important decisions about your child’s curriculum.



I say “your child,” because I have no kids – unless you count my ferrets “Captain Sparkles” and “Dangerzone.”


They’re children to me, but alas they don’t read books.

Yet.

Anyway, this 15 member board will be deciding what’s in and what’s out, and then publishers will follow – since Texas, after all, is one of the largest textbook buyers in the world.


Now, I keep hearing rumors about scary changes being made to the books. But, I think, we’re missing the point. It’s not about what’s being replaced in textbooks, but what’s being excluded entirely, from the process.

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I am refering to things kids really need to know, to prevent them from a life of failure.


Here’s a list.


1.If you keep food in your bedroom, you’re probably going to be a shut-in later in life.


2. Getting laid regularly in high school correlates with career failure later in life. Get what you want before you’ve earned it, and the rainbow ends in misery. See Leif Garrett.


3.Geeks inherit the earth, not jocks. See above.


4.Your opinion means little until you pay taxes or fight wars.


5.The views of people you think are really cool – like actors or pop stars – should never be trusted. They live a life independent of consequence.


6. Tattoos and piercings are just modern versions of conformity, and will get you nowhere in life except working the counter at Hot Topic


7. Achievement is more gratifying than fame. Being known for being good at something is better than just being known. Look at any O’Neal.


8. As much as you hate your parents, you’ll end up needing them more than they need you.


9. Unicorns rule, and griffins suck. Get that through your thick skull, and you may end up a raving success.


10. Make your bed.


And if you disagree with me, you’re probably a homophobic racist who wants to ban Christmas.

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by John Nolte
posted on BigHollywood.Breitbart.com


Over the weekend, Time Magazine published a long, glowing profile of Tom Hanks to help promote his upcoming HBO miniseries “The Pacific.” And as with all things entertainment media, the subject is never challenged or even made to shift uncomfortably in his seat. The push to ascend Hanks to “national treasure” status is clearly on.


Hanks does seem to be a genuinely nice man and the work he’s done to bring American history to life on film is impressive, especially during a time when the singling out of America’s exceptionalism is more and more frowned upon in artistic and academic circles. ”From the Earth to the Moon,” “Band of Brothers,” and “John Adams” are not only artistic achievements, but in this MTV-addled culture, might be the best hope of teaching America’s youth about the unique history and greatness of this nation. And I suspect ”The Pacific,” the 10-part miniseries premiering this Sunday on HBO (which Big Hollywood’s Michael Broderick will cover extensively) will be a worthy addition to what came before.




But when it comes to leftist Hollywood, whenever Tinseltown and America meet, you have to brace yourself for it — and by “it” I mean the leftist sucker punch. Throughout, Hanks sounds perfectly reasonable, intelligent and even patriotic for a couple of thousand words. But of course that’s just the lure to get us on his side before we’re walloped with this left cross: [emphasis mine]


[Hanks] doesn’t see the series as simply eye-opening history. He hopes it offers Americans a chance to ponder the sacrifices of our current soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. “From the outset, we wanted to make people wonder how our troops can re-enter society in the first place,” Hanks says. “How could they just pick up their lives and get on with the rest of us? Back in World War II, we viewed the Japanese as ‘yellow, slant-eyed dogs’ that believed in different gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different. Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what’s going on today?”



There’s no such thing as a definitive history. But what was once a passing interest for Hanks has become an obsession. He’s a man on a mission to make our back pages come alive, to keep overhauling the history we know and, in the process, get us to understand not just the past but the choices we make today.



No matter how many times you read this passage the context is clear. By “different” Hanks is clearly referring to race, culture and religion, not ideology.


Really, we wanted to annihilate the Japanese because they were different, because we saw them as “yellow, slant-eyed dogs that believed in different gods?” I thought it was due to the fact that “we viewed them” as barbaric imperialists who had attacked us first and wanted to enslave the world.


But there’s no reason to speculate about America’s motivations during WWII because history has proven Hanks wrong. We had every opportunity to annihilate these “different” people. Instead we chose, at great expense, to rebuild Japan and return the sovereignty of that nation over to the “yellow, slant-eyed dogs who believed in different gods.” Or, as most people prefer to call them: our newly liberated allies.


And to answer Hanks’s question: No — annihilating people who are different sounds NOTHING like what’s going on today.


This country spends billions and billions of dollars on weapons designed to target the enemy and save the lives of people who are “different” — those who are not our enemy but still manage to look different, speak languages we don’t and worship in ways unfamiliar to us. The irony is that as Hanks spoke those slanderous words, the American Military remains in the middle of two conflicts that have cost us thousands of precious lives and hundreds of billions of dollars all towards the noble goal of liberating 50 million “different” people in Iraq and Afghanistan. And we all know that had we practiced a more selfish and barbaric form of war the enemy would’ve been destroyed faster, American lives would’ve been saved, and the financial cost would not have been nearly as high.


But that’s not who we are.


Whether they’re “yellow, slanty-eyed dogs that worship different gods” or the people of the Middle East who share the same language and religion as those pledged to murder us, America selflessly protects the innocent who are “different” and as humanely as possible seeks to “annihilate” only those — even if they’re not “different” (like, say, Germans and Italians) – who practice an ideology that actually does believe in annihilating those who are different.


You almost get the sense that Hanks suddenly felt uncomfortable talking about America so extensively without throwing a bone to his MSNBC fanbase. Or maybe he misspoke, or maybe he really does believe it. Douglas Brinkley, the man who wrote the Time profile, sure found those words important. Important enough that the excerpt above is what closes the piece – the thought Brinkley chose to leave us with.

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TRAILER: IRON MAN 2

Posted by T. BARNES On 3:08 AM 0 comments

Opening on May 7

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MLB: A BIRDS EYE VIEW OF THE FUTURE

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By Tim Kurkjian

ESPN The Magazine



SARASOTA, Fla. -- The last time we saw the good Orioles, the team with the once-rich heritage and proud tradition, was 1997, when they won 98 games. They have since taken a unique slide: They are the only team in history to follow a 98-win season with 12 consecutive seasons under .500, capped last year by a 64-win disappointment that included 13 straight losses in September.


The Orioles will not be approaching 98 wins this year, and they will not be going to the playoffs in the brutal American League East, but this could be the season when significant progress will be seen. They finished last season with four straight wins in October, and even though they have a crushing early schedule (first 16 days without an off day; 28 of first 35 games against teams with a winning record in '09), this might be the year they push .500.

"We are improved," said Orioles manager Dave Trembley. "It is time for us to step up. It is time for us to turn the corner."

Kevin Millwood, acquired from the Rangers in December for Chris Ray, a player to be named and cash, held batters to a .257 average last season.The optimism comes in two forms. First, the Orioles upgraded four different positions with one trade and three signings. Kevin Millwood, who was 13-10 with a 3.67 ERA last year, was acquired from Texas to provide a more veteran presence at the top of a rotation that included eight pitchers who made their major league debuts last season. The Orioles in 2009 posted the highest ERA (5.15) in the league, and the third highest in club history. Mike Gonzalez was signed as a free agent to be the closer, replacing Jim Johnson, a hard-throwing sinkerballer who will return to the role in which he is best suited: pitching the eighth inning.

"In this division," said Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, "you better hold leads in the eighth or ninth innings. If you don't, you're in big trouble."

Miguel Tejada returned to Baltimore on a one-year contract to play third base after playing the first 13 years of his career at shortstop. Tejada may labor at times defensively, as do many shortstops that move to third, but he is buying time until Josh Bell, a big, switching-hitting third baseman, is ready, probably by Opening Day 2011. Garrett Atkins was signed to play first base; he is buying time until Brandon Snyder is ready to play every day (likely early next year). Millwood, Gonzalez, Tejada and Atkins join several proven veterans, led by Roberts, right fielder Nick Markakis and right-handed starter Jeremy Guthrie.

"We're excited about the changes," Roberts said. "We brought in players who are a little older, but still in the prime of their career. In this division, you better have guys who know what they're doing."

But the biggest reason for optimism with the Orioles comes from their young players, some of whom made their major league debuts last season, while others established themselves as stars of the future. Last spring, Trembley predicted that center fielder Adam Jones would be "the most improved player in the American League this year," and Trembley wasn't far off. Jones, 24, made the All-Star team, and hit .277 with 19 homers and 70 RBIs in 473 at-bats.

Left fielder Nolan Reimold made his major league debut last year, and finished with a .279 average and 15 home runs in 358 at-bats. And then there is catcher Matt Wieters, the prize prospect in an Orioles farm system that was once so dry, and now is churning out players. Wieters, 23, hit .288 with nine home runs in 354 at-bats. He may not be Joe Mauer, as the hype machine predicted, but all who have seen him think he will be a very good player.

"I'm so much more comfortable this spring," Wieters said. "Instead of having eyes wide open and wondering, 'What's going on?' now there's a feel for what's going on. Last year, I got a huge ovation before I even took an at-bat in the major leagues, which was great. But now it's time to prove myself. Now it's time to really work with the pitching staff."

Roberts was Wieters' mentor last year. "My one piece of advice for him was that he will never, ever live up to the expectations that people put on you, no one could,'' Roberts said. "He hit .350 two years in a row in the minor leagues, he wasn't going to just walk into things up here and do that. I mean, we had a sellout for his first game, and it was because of him. So I told him to forget the expectations, have fun and realize that it's a process. He handled things so maturely last year, way beyond his years."

Josh Bell, Baltimore's third baseman of the future, slugged a solo homer from each side of the plate against the Rays on Wednesday.There are potential stars coming in the rotation, also. Right-hander Chris Tillman, who was acquired with Jones and others from Seattle three years ago in the deal for Erik Bedard, made 12 major league starts last year. They weren't impressive statistically, but what he learned should help him immeasurably as he moves into his first full season in the major leagues.

"His stuff is unbelievable,'' said Wieters. "He can ramp it up to the mid-90s, and has a great 12-to-6 curveball. His changeup is very useful, and this spring, he's working on a cutter.''

The best young pitcher in the system is also one of the best young pitchers in the game, Brian Matusz, 23, who went 5-2 in eight starts last year. "Two years ago, he was the best pitcher I saw in the Arizona Fall League,'' one scout said. "Last year, he was one of the best pitchers I saw in the minor leagues. He has a great feel for pitching. Not many kids do.''

He will be the ace of the staff before long.

"He has tremendous poise,'' said Jones. "Last year, he would give up a hit or a walk, and he'd get right back on the mound. Nothing bothered him. And he has pretty good stuff, too.''

With a rotation of Millwood, Guthrie, Matusz, Tillman and Brad Bergesen, who went 7-5 with a 3.43 ERA last year as a rookie, the Orioles have the makings of a good rotation. Compare that to the past decade of losing in Baltimore. A veteran writer in Baltimore was asked to pick the Orioles' five best starters for the past decade. He chose Bedard, Guthrie, Rodrigo Lopez, Daniel Cabrera and Sidney Ponson. Together they went 248-270 in that span.

But now, finally, things are starting to turn in Baltimore.

"We're going in the right direction,'' Trembley said. "We have depth now in the minor leagues, also. We didn't sign a bunch of six-year free agents this winter. The guys we have are ours, we developed them. Tejada said it best. He said we're not running our player developmental department in the big leagues anymore. Now it's about the team. It's about winning.''

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CARTOON OF THE WEEK

Posted by T. BARNES On 5:21 PM 0 comments



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by Anthony Barnes


So James Cameron thinks global warming is just as dangerous as WWII? And he is imploring us to do something about it. Lets just put this into perspective.


First James before you tell someone else to do something perhaps you should give up your mansion which I am sure uses quite a bit of electricity and energy.


Or if you can't do that maybe you could not fly on a private jet to promote your anti-military movie, about blue dirt-worshippers.


Maybe you could just stop making movies, because you know James there is a massive amount of energy used up to run the computers, cameras, and lighting that it takes to bring a movie to life.





When are these people going to admit it that this is their religion. Stop trying to make it into a life or death struggle for the planet, and just admit that your life is empty and your trying to fill it with this junk science to give you a purpose.


Not to mention the giant slap in the face to the sacrifice the honorable men and women who served during WWII. To minimize the horror and memories by comparing a debunked and dishonest science to the greatest calamity of the 20th century is inexcusable.


So next time James when you feel like preaching your gospel to the masses and minimizing the struggles of our grandfathers with your twisted idealogy why don't you just bite your lip.


Afterall you used to be a truck driver so maybe you should concentrate on your own carbon footprint before you tell others what to do.

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From HotAir.com
posted at 6:36 pm on March 5, 2010 by Allahpundit


 A choice snippet from his floor speech this afternoon accusing Republicans of having mischaracterized what he said about this morning about America’s big 36,000-jobs-lost day.

And while the majority leader said that February’s job losses were “undeniably devastating,” Reid argued that job losses were much less than they could have been had Democrats not acted with their stimulus measures over the past year.

But Reid also lashed out at Republicans who’ve opposed many of those policies, accusing them of rooting for the economy’s failure for their own political game.

“And I warn them, once again, that this country has no place and no patience for those who root for failure,” Reid said to the GOP.

If this country had no patience for people like that, his ass would have been tossed ages ago. Not because he once thought the war was lost — a lot of people thought that — but because he insisted upon it, occasionally in the most reptilian political terms, in ways that few others did. Everyone remembers him declaring defeat but few people remember this, from 2007:

Senior Democrats are calculating that if they keep the pressure on, eventually more Republicans will jump ship and challenge the president — or lose their seats to Democratic contenders…

Added Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.: “We’re going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.”

That’s not all. After Bush ordered the surge, Dingy had to cope with the prospect that it might work. His solution? Simply refuse to believe Petraeus if he came back with good news. A few months later he supposedly told a conference call of nutroots bloggers that Petraeus and Peter Pace were incompetent, just in case they were inclined to start believing the reports of progress too. As late as December 2007, after it was already widely accepted that the surge had begun to turn things around, he was still arguing to the contrary. And why not? There were Senate seats at stake, after all.

Via Greg Hengler, here’s a mash-up of this tool’s hypocrisy in action. Honestly, I’m starting to come around to Michael Roston’s position: Between his rhetorical miscues and his mismanagement of the caucus, we really can’t afford to beat this guy this year. He’s too valuable to us. Reid in 2010!




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UPDATE: Ravens Sign WR Anquan Boldin

Posted by T. BARNES On 8:33 PM 0 comments

Baltimore sends 3rd and 4th-round picks in 2010 draft for Boldin and 5th round pick.

by Mike Duffy
Mar 5, 2010, 6:38PM


The big-bodied wide receiver Ravens fans have been clamoring for is heading to Baltimore.


It took a third- and fourth-round pick to acquire receiver Anquan Boldin and a fifth-round selection from the Arizona Cardinals. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Boldin, 29, will get a three-year contract extension worth $25 million, giving him four years in Baltimore since he is in the last year of his original deal.


“Anquan is a player who makes the tough catches and he is outstanding getting yards after catches,” said Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. “He will also help the running game with his blocking skills. He’s a very tough competitor and, with the way he plays with passion, he’ll fit right in with the foundation we have for our team.”

The three-time Pro Bowler would add one of the NFL’s toughest targets for a Ravens offense that acquired deep threat Donte’ Stallworth last month. The Ravens have made no secret about their desire to add more weapons around quarterback Joe Flacco, who will enter his third season under Cam Cameron’s scheme.


With Derrick Mason and Kelley Washington’s current standing as unrestricted free agents, the Ravens could move forward with Boldin, Stallworth and restricted free agent Mark Clayton, who received a second-round tender. Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh recently expressed his desire to re-sign Mason, who wants a two-year contract, and the Ravens could still bolster their receiving corps through the draft.

“The Ravens just got better,” Harbaugh explained. “Anquan is a significant addition for us. He fits the personality of our team with the hard-nosed, physical way he plays. We love the way he competes. Our fans will enjoy watching him compete and his teammates will be excited to have him with us.”

Said Boldin: “I’m definitely excited. For me, I’ve been hoping for this for a year since I first heard that the Ravens might be interested in me. I even talked with Ray [Lewis] about it a year ago. I really look at this as a great opportunity for me. They love football in Baltimore. I know that from when the Cardinals played there a few years ago. That place was loud, very impressive by the fans. The Ravens play a certain way. They play as hard and as physical as any team in the league, and I want to add to that. I think I play the way they play.”

Boldin, 6-foot-1, 217 pounds, notched at least 1,000 receiving yards in five of his seven seasons. In 2009, he hauled in 84 passes for 1,024 yards and four touchdowns as Arizona’s No. 2 receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald.


Entering the league in 2003 as a second-round draft choice out of Florida State, Boldin quickly burst onto the scene with 101 catches for 1,377 yards and eight touchdowns. And, he never stopped, as his 586 career catches rank seventh most and his 7,520 receiving yards sixth most in the NFL.


Boldin has battled injuries throughout his career, however. He missed both of the Cardinals’ playoff games last year with ankle and knee injuries and sat out four games in 2008 and 2007.


Reportedly, Arizona was asking for first and third-round picks last offseason in exchange for Boldin, who was frustrated over his contract.


Multiple outlets reported that the price dropped this offseason and that the Ravens were battling the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs to make a trade for Boldin.

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by Anthony Barnes


Well Harry Reid thinks that 36,000 people losing their jobs is a good thing, maybe in his world an unemployment rate of 9.7 percent is super, the real US unemployment rate is 16 percent if persons who have dropped out of the labor pool and those working less than they would like are counted, but for those 36,000 its not a great day in America.
One can only imagine the reaction by the media if a Republican made the following statement, but Prince Harry gets a pass.  Perhaps they are watching the Admistration's official  public service ad below Prince Harry.






OFFICIAL OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PUBLIC SERVICE AD





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‘If the Senate cannot find $10 billion to pay for a measure we all support, we will never pay for anything.


By Jim Bunning


I have been serving the citizens of Kentucky for nearly 24 years in Washington. During that time I have been a member of both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate. I have taken thousands of votes in relation to spending the taxpayers' money. I will be the first one to admit that I have cast some bad votes during my tenure, and I wish I could have some of them back. For too long, both Republicans and Democrats have treated the taxpayers' money as a slush fund that does not ever end. At some point, the madness has to stop.


Over a month ago, Democrats passed and President Obama signed into law the "Pay-Go" legislation. It calls on Congress to pay for bills by not adding to our debt. It sounds like a common sense tool that would rein in government spending. Unfortunately, Pay-Go is a paper tiger. It has no teeth. I did not vote for the Democrats' Pay-Go legislation because I knew it was just a political dog-and-pony show to get some good press after some political setbacks. Since the Pay-Go rule was enacted, the national debt has gone up $244,992,297,448.11 (as of Wednesday, that is).


Why now?
                                                                               
Last week, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., asked to pass a 30-day extensions bill for unemployment insurance and other federal programs. Earlier in February, those extensions were included in a broader bipartisan bill that was paid for but did not meet Sen. Reid's approval, and he nixed the deal. When I saw the Democrats in Congress were going to vote on the extensions bill without paying for it and not following their own Pay-Go rules, I said enough is enough.

Many people asked me, "Why now?" My answer is, "Why not now?" Why can't a non-controversial measure in the Senate that would help those in need be paid for? If the Senate cannot find $10 billion to pay for a measure we all support, we will never pay for anything.

America is under a mountain of debt. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said in a hearing last month that the United States' debt is unsustainable. We are on the verge of a tipping point where America's debt will bring down our economy, and more people will join the unemployment lines. That is why I used my right as a United States Senator and objected.

Only in Washington


After four legislative days of impasse, I reached a supposed deal with Majority Leader Reid to have an up-or-down vote on a pay-for amendment that would fully fund the legislation and not add to the debt. Only minutes before the vote, Democrats used a parliamentary maneuver to set aside my amendment and not vote on the actual substance of it. Only in Washington could this happen. The Democrats did not want to vote on my amendment because they knew they were in the wrong and ignored their own rules. Hypocrisy again rules the day in Washington.

I have 40 grandchildren, and I want them to grow up in a country where they have all of the same opportunities I had as a child. I fear that they will not have those opportunities if Washington continues on its course of spending without paying for it. We are at over $12 trillion in debt. I know many Americans sit around their kitchen table and make the tough decisions. It is time for the politicians in Washington to do the same.


Jim Bunning is a Republican senator from Kentucky.

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by Greg Gutfield
MONDAY'S GREGALOGUE: HE'S BACK, AND BACKIER THAN EVER


Well, he's back like Chucky, and twice as Yucky.


I speak not of my former houseboy Roderigo (we still can't find him, alas), but Al Gore, who mysteriously disappeared as his self-propelled universe of climate change hysteria started to crumble around him.


Gore was always "the boy in the plastic bubble" - he could go anywhere and say anything he wanted about the coming apocalypse - but you couldn't say anything back. He was protected by the shared assumptions of a like-minded media, fawning academics and that cool habit of skipping out of conferences before those awkward Q and A sessions.

But now he's reared his hallucinatory head - in yet another bubble - the New York Times op-ed section. There he addresses the "climate-gate" mess - but being a true believer, he prefers to call it an "attack" on science, and focuses only on details he feels comfortable defending.


He sidesteps Phil Jones' revelations of no global warming in the last fifteen years, and the fact that the famed "hockey stick" graph that Gore embraced like a bag of ├ęclairs, is a fraud.


So what is Gore's defense? He writes...


"But the scientific enterprise will never be completely free of mistakes."


And therein lies the hubris. Fact is, just months ago, Gore would have told you there were no mistakes when it came to manmade global warming science. Belief was pure.


Now, after all the fabrications, cover-ups and "mistakes" have been exposed, you have the commander-in-climate...shrugging.


Of course, he still clings to catastrophe, pretending it's based on fact. But facts are not what you're hearing. What you're hearing is all the air coming out of the bubble.


And if you disagree with me, then you sir are worse than a racist homophobe who eats polar bears.

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by Mike Preston -Baltimore Sun






As far as ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is concerned, the Ravens' top mission during the NFL draft will be to find quarterback Joe Flacco some talented receivers.


Forget about a cornerback and pass rushers. Those are secondary issues. The main emphasis should be allowing your franchise quarterback to grow.


There wasn't much room in that area a year ago, Kiper said.


"Before the last regular season started, I went on record and said the Ravens had the worst receiving corps in the NFL," said Kiper, who resides in Harford County. "They had Derrick Mason, a No. 2 playing No. 1. Mark Clayton never caught on, and Demetrius Williams didn't live up to his potential. Kelley Washington was solid at No. 3, but they might let him go with Williams during the offseason.


"Selecting offensive tackle Michael Oher last year helped in pass protection, but in a league that has gone pass-happy, the Ravens rely on running back Ray Rice. They've got to get Joe some help. When you don't, it stunts the growth of really good quarterbacks."


The Ravens have the No. 25 overall pick in the draft, and Kiper says they could fill most of their needs as far as finding a receiver, tight end and cornerback.


According to most draft experts, Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant is the best receiver coming out of college, and he'll probably be gone by the time the Ravens select.


But Kiper says the Ravens don't need to trade up to get a quality receiver. He expects a lot of defensive players to be taken in the first round, and the Ravens should just hold still.


"The Ravens could trade up, but it is too costly," Kiper said. "There are more health issues regarding this draft, particularly of possible first-round players, than I've seen in quite a while. So, do you trade up to get Bryant, who has had his own health issues?


"I think if the Ravens stay where they are, then they can get a quality receiver like a Demaryius Thomas out of Georgia Tech or Arrelious Benn, from Illinois. Either one of those guys could help the Ravens."


Or, Kiper said, the Ravens might opt for a tight end in the first round, such as Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham. If the Ravens take a wide receiver, they might take a tight end in the second round.


Kiper likes Arizona's Rob Gronkowski, Pittsburgh's Dorin Dickerson and Florida's Aaron Hernandez, even though Hernandez is more of a receiver than a blocker.


" Todd Heap had a solid-to-OK season, but his age has become a factor," Kiper said of the Ravens' starting tight end. "L.J. Smith gave them nothing at that position. So, it is of vital importance that the Ravens get multiple receivers out of this draft, I'd say at least two, to improve the play of their quarterback and the passing game."


The Ravens would like to come out of the April event with a cornerback, too. Lardarius Webb had an outstanding rookie year in 2009, but he tore an anterior cruciate ligament late in the season. Fabian Washington, once a starting cornerback himself, also tore an ACL last season.


Veteran cornerbacks Chris Carr and Domonique Foxworth were playing reasonably well at the end of the season, but the Ravens need another cornerback in the mix.


Kiper said the Ravens can find one in the third or fourth round, just as they found Webb in the third last April out of Nicholls State.


Donovan Warren out of Michigan and Iowa's Amari Spievey, both of whom he labels as second-tier cornerbacks, would fit the bill.


"Just because we're projecting them as second-tier means we think they will go third or fourth round, but that doesn't mean they can't play," Kiper said. "Webb wasn't projected as a first-round pick last season, but he had a great year, and the Ravens hit on him.


"The Ravens are one of the better drafting teams in the NFL. You make your team with fourth- and fifth-round picks, and it helps if you can get a lot of those. The Ravens haven't had a lot, but they do well with the ones they get.


"Look through the years. They found guys that no one else wanted like Mike Flynn, Priest Holmes, a Bart Scott, Kelly Gregg, Jameel McClain, even a B.J. Sams. Sure, they will have their misses,but they are good at finding entities that no one else thinks can play."

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Breck Eisner's "The Crazies"


 Review by Anthony Barnes


Modern horror movies are in really bad shape today, what with the endless remakes(Friday the 13th, Halloween, and coming soon A Nightmare on Elm Street) and pointless sequels like the "Saw" franchise, which seems to go on and on with no end in sight. 'The Crazies" belongs in the first category of endless remakes.  It was an equally bad movie when George Romero directed it the first time and they should have just left it with that.  With that being said here we go.

The film takes place in the very rural and isolated town of Ogden Marsh.  As if you can't tell by this time this is what Hollywood thinks of middle America, not too bright hicks with the exception of Sheriff David Dutton(Timothy Olyphant) and his wife Judy a Doctor(Radha Mitchell).  The troubles start when the town drunk waltzes onto a high school baseball game with a shotgun in hand and is taken down by Sheriff Dutton.  The town chalks it up to the man being drunk that is until later a seemingly sane farmer burns his house down with his wife and son in it.


 Dutton is then notified that several hunters found a dead pilot in a swamp just at the outskirts of town.  Dutton then takes to boat and comes across a large military aircraft that has crashed into the swamp, and by some form of osmosis or Einstein powers of deduction decides that the craft was carrying something that got into the drinking water of the people of Ogden Marsh.  David pleads his case to the mayor to shut the water down so no more can be infected but of course the mayor will have none of it(think the mayor in Jaws who was determined to keep the beaches open because of the money that will be made, same concept except it will ruin the farming community) and before long more and more people become infected. 


Before David and his wife can leave the city we find out who the true bad guy is in this movie.  Drum roll please....You guessed it.....the military shows up and delcares martial law on the whole town.  Just when you thought you were going to see a somewhat zombie movie you are then forced to watch a portrayal of the men and woman of the armed forces (who in real life are fighting 2 wars oversees and serve honorably) kill and detain civilians in makeshift concentration camps, and blow mothers heads of and burn their bodies with flamethrowers.  Now I like carnage in my movies and horror movies are favorite genre, but for God's sake can Hollywood get some imagination and come up with a different villian besides our military.  It turns out the plane was carrying a biological weapon that was on its way to Texas to be disposed of.  Why dispose of it in Texas you ask?  I don't know is the answer.  The weapon ( like Sheriff Dutton acurately assumes in approximately 5 mins after finding the plane) found its way into the drinking water. 


So Dutton, his wife, Dutton's deputy and another girl break out of the camp and are stranded in the town.  So now once the plot is revealed the rest of the movie is the four of them trying to get out of town and either being chased by the infected or being shot at by the military, and you know its only a matter of time before one or two of them turns out to be infected themselves.


When the escape is finally made we are left with an end that is incredibly ridiculous.  I say ridiculous because if you do see this film keep in mind that the rest of the country is supposedly unaware what is happening in this town. The ending will leave you scratching your head and wondering how is that possible.  Look I love zombie movies, but this movie is not one, you see less zombie destruction in this movie than you do military destruction.  The scares that you do get are predictable, and more of the jump out of your seat shockers with loud shrieking music to go with it.  I didn't like the way the military was portrayed and the story just dragged on for far too long.


 You may like it and if you do then we definately have different tastes in horror movies,  but I like my horror served raw with a side of suspense and a topped off with imagination, something in my opinion this movie does not have.  I say wait for video if you don't want to blow $30 on tickets and popcorn.


3 stars out of 10

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Sunday, 02.28.2010 / 8:57 PM / All-Access Vancouver By John Dellapina - NHL.com Staff Writer Share VANCOUVER –

It was a psychological ploy of course. But it also had a lot of truth to it.


Team USA Brian Burke spent the months leading up to these Olympics and every day since the cauldron was lit telling everybody that his club was a decided underdog that nobody expected to contend for anything more than perhaps a bronze medal. Given the daunting quality of some of the other teams and the fact that American hockey was turning a page to a younger generation, Burke was absolutely right.


Except, that is, for the presence of Ryan Miller. In a sport in which the one man between the pipes can nullify any and all disadvantages for one game or even a series of them, Team USA had the best of those men.


No, Miller did not win gold for the Americans. He did everything but.


Ryan Miller was the best goalie of the tournament," U.S. defenseman Erik Johnson said. "He was our best player every game."


Suffice to say, nobody on either team had any argument after the thrill that was Canada 3, United States 2, in overtime, Sunday afternoon at Canada Hockey Place. Neither could the media members who voted him the tournament's Most Valuable Player nor the Tournament Directorate, who chose him as the outstanding goaltender.


Having stopped 42 shots one week before to lift the Americans to victory over a Canadian team that came at them in waves, Miller was doing it again Sunday.


He stopped 23 of 25 through two periods, keeping Team USA in a game in which it was slow to find the high-energy style it had displayed throughout the tournament. Then he stopped seven more in the third – including a fully-extended toe save on a Dany Heatley slam dunk midway through the period that made it possible for Zach Parise's goal with 24.4 seconds left to send it to overtime.


Canada kept coming though, firing seven more shots at Miller during the 7:40 of overtime. The seventh, by Sidney Crosby, found the back of the net, leaving Miller without the only accolade he wanted from these two weeks: a gold medal.


"I feel good about my game," Miller told NHL.com afterward. "But it kind of stinks coming up short. I guess I'll get some perspective in a few weeks."


Perhaps, so will the folks who didn't quite know about Miller coming into this tournament. The ones who weren't aware that, had he not been injured early during the 2005-06 season, he undoubtedly would have been on the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team. Or that, through the first five months of the NHL season, which resumes Monday night, Miller has been perhaps the best goaltender in the League.


In 355 minutes against a galaxy of NHL stars in these Olympics, he allowed just eight goals on 147 shots. His .946 save percentage led the tournament. His 1.35 goals against average not only led the tournament, it shattered the American Olympic record, set by a guy named Jim Craig, who posted a 2.14 GAA in 1980.


Miller shut out Switzerland in the quarterfinal and then was shutting out Finland in the semis when U.S. coach Ron Wilson, in a nice gesture, replaced him 8:29 into the third period to give veteran Tim Thomas a chance to play some Olympic hockey. Throw in the 3:09 that followed a Sidney Crosby goal last Sunday and the 12:50 until Jonathan Toews beat him on a no-chance goal in the first period of the gold medal game and Miller went 124:28 without being scored on.


Quite simply, his play enabled the predominantly young Team USA to contend for gold four years ahead of the schedule most had mapped out for them.


"It's a little too close right now," Miller said when asked about that. "This is not the way we wanted it, but I think we earned a lot of respect. Our guys came here as an afterthought to a lot of people and I think we started a new trend with USA Hockey.


"We know we were trying to help USA Hockey turn a page. And I guess this is a good start. But it kind of stings at the moment."

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