Thought of the day

Andreas Moritz, king whiner

While Andreas Moritz (Hi, Andy!) is best known for telling people things which will kill them, he has also made himself into quite a whiner. He whined to get this site shut down for six days (until common sense prevailed). He then whined to get an anti-him Facebook fan page taken down. Then a group was created that was actually pretty innocent (“I bet this group can get more members than Andreas Moritz’s fan page” or something similar). Fearing he would not long be able to swindle innocent victims, he whined and got that shut down. Since Facebook is virtually impossible to contact within any degree of reason, it probably isn’t worth it to double-whine. Instead, there is a new group.

I hate cancer quacks.

I wonder if Moritz will try to get this one shut down? As a top cancer quack, he does have standing.

I hate Roger Goodell

The No Fun League is a pretty terribly run organization. It’s certainly an excellent business, but it’s pretty crap as far as quality sporting goes. From the tinker bell Roughing the Passer rule to the 6 required flags per play, the games are sometimes difficult to watch. I still enjoy football, but the rules don’t make it easy.

The worst rule, perhaps, is for OT. The team that wins the coin toss gets to win the game. Not literally, but it may as well be that way. It’s sudden death, so it’s a matter of moving down the field to within 45 yards of a field goal and then making that. Often, teams get much closer. If they make it, the game is over. It’s inane. I mean, hell, a game of beer pong even allows for rebuttal (depending on house rules; check with your local party animal for details).

What the NFL needs to do is play a full 15 minutes in OT. They won’t be that sensible, but a new rule has been proposed.

The competition committee recommended Monday to the 32 owners that a team losing the coin toss and then surrendering a field goal on the first possession should have a series of its own in OT. Such a rules change would need 24 votes for ratification.

This is still fundamentally unfair. The first team to get the ball still has a huge advantage because if it scores a touchdown, the other team has no offensive reply. This is effectively half a football game: one offense, one defense. Goodell et al are making progress, but they’re being jackasses about it. Just play a full 15.

Mr. Jay Gatsby blogs

Mr. Jay Gatsby has a new blog, Historically Speaking. Despite Mr. Gatsby’s well publicized, shady history, he is now up to telling us honest, non-shady history as it relates to current events.

Go check it out and then add it to your blogroll (as I did).

Snake oil?

Interactive map here.

Sean the con

Sean Hannity is part of a charity which is meant to assist troops and their families in one way or another. According to one source, it’s a scam.

In fact, less than 20%–and in two recent years, less than 7% and 4%, respectively–of the money raised by Freedom Alliance went to these causes, while millions of dollars went to expenses, including consultants and apparently to ferry the Hannity posse of family and friends in high style. And, despite Hannity’s statements to the contrary on his nationally syndicated radio show, few of the children of fallen soldiers got more than $1,000-$2,000, with apparently none getting more than $6,000, while Freedom Alliance appears to have spent tens of thousands of dollars for private planes. Moreover, despite written assurances to donors that all money raised would go directly to scholarships for kids of the fallen heroes and not to expenses, has begun charging expenses of nearly $500,000 to give out just over $800,000 in scholarships.

Make ’em shake in their boots, right?

The title of this post, if it wasn’t intended as derisive of the Tea Party, would be almost as tasteless as those vaguely organized bigots.

The footage comes from the Columbus Dispatch’s coverage of a Health Care rally outside Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy’s (D) office. In it, an elderly man holding a sign that reads “Got Parkinson’s? I DO and YOU might. Thanks for Helping. That’s [illegible]” is shouted at, mocked, and ridiculed as the anti-healthcare protesters standing over him dismissively throw money at his face.

Take a look.

This is an association of people who are horrifically selfish and ignorant. “No handouts”? It’s a handout to treat Parkinson’s? Should that man work until he can literally do no more? Why should his quality of life be determined by a (to an extent) changeable circumstance? Why shou…my apologies. I’ve forgotten that this is the Tea Party. Let me put it a way these people can understand.

Raarrrr! Rarrr? Rar? Rarrarar. Rarraaar?!?! Rarrr. Rar. Rarr!

I would translate that, but it contains no fewer than 14 racist slurs. Sorry. I had to use them so the Tea Partiers would listen.