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Hype, or will iPad be the new hot gadget?

The way I see it, P.T. Barnum is often proven right.  There is a sucker born every minute.  Proof?  Look at the ratings for American IDull.  (And read my previous posting why watching the show makes you UN-patriotic!)

So, I heard about this thing that Steve Jobs introduced the other day called the iPad.  My first thought upon hearing the name was shock.  I couldn’t believe that Apple would want to compete with Stayfree and Always (with Wings).

But that sort of makes sense.  As the old joke goes, the little boy will want them because you can go horseback riding, to the beach, and lots of other fun things with it.

Really, the iPad is the merging of the Kindle with the iPod Touch/iPhone.

To this day, I don’t get the iPhone.  Not because it is not cool…it is.  But I don’t get the iPhone because the coverage where you can use the thing sucks.  Hell, when I was with Nextel (1999-2001), the forefathers of AT&T wireless had crappy/spotty coverage.  Nextel, as limited as we were back then, at least had smooth handoffs from tower to tower.  AT&T still has more drops than the outfield of the Washington Nationals.  (Or do you prefer passes of the Detroit Lions receivers corps?)

So, will the iPad be a success?  The short answer is, maybe. 

The MP3 player for personal music had been out for a while before the first iPod.  In this case, the Kindle has been the hot portable reading device for several years.  And it is, while not cheap, about half the price of the iPad.  (Not sure which is more absorbant…sorry, I can’t let that go yet. )

For $500 bucks, more if you want the 3G mobile network connectivity, it might be a return to 1983 for Apple.

Ever heard of Lisa?

Lisa is not a who, but a what.  Look it up.  Lisa was revolutionary and a failure.

iPad might be Lisa 2.0 if Apple can’t live up to the hype.

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Never been a fan, but….

I have never been a fan of Tim Tebow.  A lot of it has to do with his association with a horrible institution in the a state that has residents too stupid to know how to operate voting machines.  But, I just don’t like the style of quarterback that he is…..I like a passer who can get out of a jam.  Not a guy who is looking to run first. 

That is why I never enjoyed watching Michael Vick.  And why I didn’t think much of Brett Favre early in his career.  It always looks like a “panic first” style of play.

That is why I always liked Joe Montana.  Joe Cool was joking in the huddles while orchestrating those many fourth quarter comebacks. 

Same with Peyton Manning, calculating and determined, never panicky.

OK, so there it is.

Many don’t like the “preachy” and “in your face” nature of Tim Tebow and his faith.  I can see where that is annoying, but it is his right to express himself…even if it is in a less desireable venue.

Now, I am completely on his side.

CBS agreed to air an anti-abortion ad during the Super Bowl.  This is NOT because I am a strong pro-life person.  To me, that is an issue that has drawn WAY TOO much attention over the years as compared to the daily impact of the issue.

But for Tim Tebow, this IS something that has a daily impact. 

The ad, featuring Tebow and his mother, talks of the time when his mother was with her husband as missionaries in Philippines.  She was advised that her high risk pregancy was both dangerous for her and her child and that the best, most sensible thing to do was to have an abortion.

She didn’t have the abortion and Tim Tebow was born.


Tim Tebow has a VERY strong opinion on this issue.  I think that he SHOULD.  And if I was Tim Tebow and I had this strong view, I would be as “in your face” on it as I possibly can.

Of course, NOW, the National Organization of Hypocritical Liberal & Progressive Women, is crying foul. 

Why?  Mrs. Tebow had a CHOICE, right?  Just because she CHOSE against what THEY would want, they want to pull the plug on the TV ad.

For the first time ever, I will openly admit that I support Tim Tebow.  Not over the content of his arguement, but over his right to air it.

Some, like NOW and other hypocritical feminist groups, think that CBS shouldn’t allow an ad like this run during the Super Bowl.  Well, I disagree.  Tim Tebow, like his style of play or not, won a Heisman Trophy and two BCS National Championships for the FU Gators.  Showing this ad during the biggest football game of the year makes the most sense.

And if they don’t like it, they can dig in to THEIR pockets and pay to run their own ad.

Last I checked, despite the wishes of Congress and the White House, this is STILL a capitalist society.  And if Progressives HOPE to CHANGE that, they need to play the game and pay up.


Since I am a capitalist, clicking on these ads and buying something could help me and my family.  Thank you for reading and buying.

Yes, it IS terrorism.

I got in a little hot water a few years back when I responded to an e-mail that I received from PETA.  I let them know that they were as welcome to appear on any show that I host as would Al-Qaeda.  I told them that the actions of their members, on behalf of their idiotic causes, was terrorism.

Then, I read the letter on the air.  The response was overwhelmingly positive.  The ONLY response to the contrary was from a usual suspect.  This was the same pinhead who wanted to discuss legalizing marijuana when I had a guest from a parent/student organization for promoting drug-free youth activities.  She wanted to take over my show and I would not let her.

Any how….now this story from out neighbors to the North.  No, not Iowa.  Further North.


How do you see it?  An individual was terrorized, therefore this is terrorism.  Agree or Disagree?

Arizona Fall League MVP gets called up, but not like you think

I am no fan of the Oakland Athletics, but this seems like an odd career move.

From CBSSports.com

I wish him well.


The Mission begins…

Obviously, to those who have known me for a while, my health is NOT the greatest.  Yes, I am overweight.  And that has been the cause of most of my health related problems.  So the first step should be a diet, right?

Well, I have trouble with that.  Now, don’t misunderstand me.  I have dieted and I have done so with success.  But not long term.  Several years ago, I did a diet with corresponding radio ads to keep me in check.  Well, like many others, it didn’t take.  I didn’t learn any “good habits” for the long term.  So, back to the drawing board.

I have a new idea.  But I need to figure out how to do it. 

The idea is to increase my activity levels.  But the idea of getting on an elipitcal for a hour a day just doesn’t work for someone with ADHD.  What does work is something more interactive.  So, you are thinking Wii Fit.  Yeah….running in front of a TV isn’t working either.  Yeah, I tried a bit…..probably not enough.  Got bored.

Back in November, I started playing Volleyball again.  And we started having practices too.  THAT helped.  There was a point to it.  First, to get better and second, to win.

Well, winning has not come easily.  I have played in one game, in six matches of three games each, where we won.  But, I feel that I have improved.  I made a few moves this week that involved me stretching out my body and ending up on the floor.  For someone as stiff as I have been, this is quite a success.

So, I think I need to get involved in more activities like this.  Playing catch with the boys has been fun, but despite my prompting, they don’t seem that interested.  And right now, with a yard that I sink about four inches deep in, it is not a realistic activity.  Alex and I threw a baseball against the brick wall back at each other.  That was fun and I broke a good sweat.

The upside to this mentality is to get me focused on getting off my ass and doing something.  Doing that will set an example for Alex and Ben.  Kathleen has been a great example, but having a second one will help them as well.

But, as much as I hate running, I will have to do it.  I committed myself to the 5K in late April up in Kansas City.  So, I will start with walking….and a faster pace as I go forward.  Then I will commit further by buying shoes next month.  I can walk just fine in basketball shoes, running is a bit more challenging.

And I noticed that when I get more active, I actually eat better.  So, there comes the diet.

For now, back to my coffee…and back to work.

Champs Sports

What did I get myself into….

For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you might have noticed a post that I made last night.  If not, well….um…you better sit down.

I am going to run a 5K for the first time in about five years.  My knees are aching at the thought, but I should be ready by late March.


Rock the Parkway has a Half-Marathon, a 10K and a 5K.  Kathleen is going to run a Half-Marathon later in the year, possibly in Minneapolis this June.  This time out, she is going to run her first 10K.  After mentioning this last weekend, my mom said that she might do the 5K. 

I opened my mouth and said that if she does it, I will.

The last time I did a 5K it was a disaster.  I ran about 8/10th of a mile to a mile when I developed a BAD cramp in my left calf.  I stopped to stretch it out and it was partially stretched when I resumed running.  However, the calf stayed tight. 

By the time I hit the second mile sign, the right calf started to cramp.  I tried to stretch it out….no luck.  So I did something really stupid.

I kept going.

I should have quit.  I should have taken it as a sign.  But not me, I finished. 

Why?  Well a year earlier I did my first 5K since 1990.  I had been on a diet for over a year and lost about 35-40 pound by then.  That first 5K I did with Kathleen and we finished in about 55 minutes or so.  I figured I would do better in the second year, since I lose the weight.  That is why I started out with the run rather than walk it.

The diet was part of the problem.  Did not allow but a half a banana every other day.  Too restrictive.  Needed more potassium to prevent the cramping.  And a salt-substitute with potassium would not provide enough.

So in 2010, I have a plan.  First, I will have bananas during my training and the morning of the run.  Second, I will not start with such a brisk pace.  Third, I will stretch a LOT more the days leading to the run AND the morning of the run.  Fourth, I will STOP if I am in too much pain.

I have been taking Glucosomine & Chondroitin for my join health.  That has helped my knees a bit over the past few months.

This time, goal is to simply finish.  Time does not matter.  A nice 3 mile walk is just fine.  But if I feel up for more as we get closer to the run, I may try harder.  But I will let my body indicate when I stop and stretch more.

If this works out, maybe I will go back next year and step up for the 10K.

Don’t hold your breath.

In case you missed it…..

Glen Bell, Jr., founder of Taco Bell died on 16 January 2010 (Saturday).


The burial began by wrapping Bell tightly in a flour tortilla.  No sauce.

One Year Later, what President Obama SHOULD now do

One year ago, Barack Obama was sworn in to much fanfare in Washington, DC.  My reaction was that this was finally an accomplishment for his resume.

After being interested and excited about his candidacy, I quickly soured on him.  It was not until I had cast my ballot for him in the Missouri Primary.  Admittedly, it was an anti-Hillary vote, but I thought, briefly, that Barack Obama was a decent a respectable man.

His ties to people like William Ayers, Jeremiah Wright and most importantly Rahm Emanuel soured me quickly.

The inept cabinet that he assembled upon being elected President gave me less hope for change.  It was more of the same as usual.  Worse yet, it was the crooked politcal machine from Chicago that would now run our country.

Now, many this morning are celebrating a Republican victory in Massachusetts.  Scott Brown will be the next person to hold Teddy Kennedy’s seat.  And Republicans and independents think that they have their check against the Progressives with Brown’s win.

I hope they are right, but I fear that they are wrong.

So, that is for Congress to determine.  When the Republicans held power, there was talk of a “nuclear option” to keep power.  They never pulled that trigger.

Had they, the public might have turned on them.  Oh, wait…..they did anyway.  I think it would have been worse, but that is just my viewpoint and many will disagree.

That may be what keeps the Democrats in the Senate from doing the same thing.  And the people will turn on them anyway.  But, there is a chance to rebound…like the Republicans hope will happen this fall.

So, what about President Obama?  What should he do now?

First, he needs to realize that he is NOT popular anymore.  His popularity has falled in the first year in office faster than any President in the last sixty years.  Even Jimmy Carter didn’t fall this fast.  And he needs to realize that this is NOT a racial thing. 

Second, he needs to dump several key people.  Rahm Emanuel is first.  The man is overly political, to a fault.  Simply put, Rahm Emanuel is a BAD person.  This is a man, who while working for President Bill Clinton, told UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, “Don’t fuck this up!”  Classy, huh?  But that lack of class is just one thing, he is just an evil political operative.  He makes Karl Rove look like he plays tee-ball. 

Beyond Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod needs to go.  I don’t think Axelrod is evil like Emanuel, but he seems almost inept now.  But he needs to get rid of a LOT of his National Security team…starting with Janet Napolitano.  But don’t end it there.  President Obama needs to show the American people that he is serious about protecting us.

Which leads us to the third thing President Obama should do.  Remove the Executive Branch’s extensive layers of bureaucracy in the area of National Security, admit that President Bush before him didn’t do and illustrate that Presidents Roosevelt through Clinton exacerbated the problem.  De-politicize things.

That is a tall order.  But doing so, for the good of the protection of the American people, would be a major step toward showing the American people that he IS what he pretended to be during the campaign.  A post-political and post-racial President.

He made another blunder last week, one that got little attention.  I noted it an a previous blog entry…the Executive Order he issued last week establishing a Council of Governors.


That did just the opposite.  It added, as a minimum, another layer of bureaucracy.

So, he will do NONE of this.  President Obama is either too arrogant, or too far in denial, to admit that what he is doing is wrong.

It will be what makes Barack Obama the next Jimmy Carter.

Unless the Republicans nominate another horrible candidate, like Bob Dole or John McCain.

I could be wrong.  But I doubt it.  For now, we have to just wait to see what happens…..and how much damage the Progressives try to inflict on us while they still can.

Happy Anniversary to ……….

It was on this date, 19 January 1935, Coopers, Inc. introduced briefs.  Better known by their current name, Jockey, the tighty-whitey made its debut 75 years ago today.


As for me, if you MUST know, I’ve been a boxer man for the past ten years.  Just saying.

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Finally, my thoughts on the Tennessee coaching situation

First, let me go back to Tuesday.  Again, my former affiliation with USC was ended with the decision by Mike Garrett, soon to be former athletic director at USC, to hire Lane Kiffin from Tennessee.  Horrible hire by Garrett…again.  Pete Carroll is about the only hire that Garrett has made in his tenure at USC that was worth a damn, and he didn’t want to hire Uncle Pete in the first place.  So, rather that re-hash all of Garrett’s errors, dating back to leaving the Kansas City Chiefs, let’s just say that Kiffin is a horrible hire for USC and will do more damage to the program than Paul “Buddy” Hackett did. 

I am relieved that Norm Chow didn’t leave ucla……not that I love the cruddy little bruins now, I never will, but basically to stiff Kiffin.

Second, I was pissed that they took Kiffin from Tennessee NOT because I was a big fan of Kiffin, but that I was a fan of the recruiting job his team of coaches put together.  Gave me pretty solid feelings that I could have become a Kiffin convert.  The timing of his departure, after one season and in the middle of the final recruiting push, is what pissed me off.

That, and the fact that he treated Tennessee like a stepping stone.  Tennessee, like Alabama, Notre Dame, USC, Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan and Ohio State is a destination job.  You leave for the NFL or when you get fired.  Lane Kiffin just pulled a Ty Willingham.  Oops……

After some thoughts on the matter, and hearing how Kiffin was NOT embracing the traditions of the Volunteers, I was relieved that the punk was out of Knoxville.  And I have come to the conclusion that Lane Kiffin is a pathetic character, who lacks character, who will be unemployable as a football coach before he turns 40.

Finally, the process of finding a new coach for the Volunteers.  I immediately told people that I trust Tennessee Athletic Director Mike Hamilton to make this decision.  I admitted that I did not like seeing Phillip Fulmer being let go, but I understood it.  I also admitted that I did not really embrace the hiring of Lane Kiffin, but I sort of understood what Mike was trying to do.

Let me put this in the simplest of terms.  I am not an Athletic Director at a major Division 1 university.  Never pretended to be and never made that a goal of mine.  That said, I limited my comments to the rumored candidates as they came forward.  When asked who I wanted for the next head coach for Tennessee, I gave a very honest and direct answer.  That answer was met with laughter by most.  And it was the same answer that I had given 14 months earlier.

Pete Carroll!!

Yes, that is who I wanted.  BUT, I know that wasn’t going to happen, not in 2008 and not in 2010.  I was serious.  That is a question that someone like me, not an AD, can and should only answer with a dream answer.

Will Muschamp…never head coached, so I had issues with him.

Kippy Brown…head coached in the XFL, but assisted also with the Detroit Lions.  Again, I had concerns with him…but would have been OK with him because he gets the tradition of Tennessee Football.

Troy Calhoun is a good head coach and is a great fit at Air Force.  Recruiting at a non-service academy would be a change, so I had some concerns there.  But, I think he would have done a good job in Knoxville.

Then David Cutcliffe’s name popped up.  I really like David.  For a year, I worked with him on game days on the radio.  Getting to know him was great and I have a ton of respect for him.  He is an Alabama alum, but married an East Tennessee girl.  He did a good job at Ole Miss and was only fired when he refused to make changes to his staff.  He is a loyal guy.  Most importantly, he is a good man too.

But, knowing the issue at Ole Miss with his assistant coaches, I thought there could be a problem.  And this is where all of the armchair experts were NOT thinking things through.

Mike Hamilton had over $3,000,000 in payroll for football assistant coaches that he had to eat.  This hire at Tennessee was not like a regular hiring process.  Due to that big chuck of cash that Mike had to deal with, he wanted to find a coach who would be willing to take on some of that responsibility.

David wouldn’t, and couldn’t, be that guy.  I get that.  David would not come to Knoxville under these circumstances.  And maybe the challenge of making Duke a respectable program in the ACC is a challenge that he’d rather face AND do so on his terms.

As much as I would have liked to see him, and members of his staff that I know, working for my alma mater again, I respect his decision.  So, Go Duke!!

But I also respect Mike Hamilton’s position as well.  I think he would have hell to pay by pissing away $3,000,000 from the Big Orange coffers.  Tennessee Athletics provides about $11,000,000 to the acadmic side of the University of Tennessee EVERY year.  To drop it down to just $8,000,000 for one year, or to spread it out over a few years, would put a lot of pain on UT.

Finally, Tennessee hired a coach that many of those same armchair pundits rolled their eyes at and turned their noses up at.  Derek Dooley from Lousiana Tech.  A head coach with a 17 and 20 record.

A coach with a losing record?  Tennessee is not Kansas, right.  I mean, the self-appointed experts thought, Turner Gill with his 20-30 record is fine for the Jayhawks, but never for the Vols.

I completely disagree.  Throw the records away in the case of both hires.

In the case of Turner Gill, tell me when Buffalo, where he came from, was a powerhouse in college football?  Tell me how deep the resources at Buffalo are compared to Kansas?

Think about that.

Now, same goes for Derek Dooley at Louisiana Tech.  But at La Tech, Dooley had a bit more control.  He was the Athletics Director there.  He could spend some of his time and attention on deepening the coffers in Ruston, right? 

But, how deep could the coffers ever get at La Tech?

Dooley is an interesting guy. His father was an Auburn guy who became head coach at the arch rival of his alma mater, the University of Georgia.  Vince Dooley was offered the job at Auburn more than once, but he stuck with the program that gave him his first head coaching job.  And he later became Athletic Director at Georgia.

But Derek Dooley walked on at Virginia rather than linger in his father’s long shadow.  Later, he earned a scholarship at UVA.  He did return to Georgia for law school and earned his degree.  Derek Dooley even practiced law, for a while.

But his apparently his father’s son.  Coaching was his love, his desire.

Now, he is the man at Tennessee.  I am guessing that Derek Dooley, like his father, respects what that means.

And I bet that Derek Dooley will do better than 17-20 in his first three years in Knoxville.  He now has resources.  He now has facilities.  He now has an impressive stadium, one that his employer owns and is improving every year.

With his experience as an Athletic Director, I am confident that he will win cleanly as well.

As for Kiffin, I think he will get USC in trouble before the next AD at USC cans him.  Meanwhile, Kiffin and company work with the Trojans team in that crumbling rental stadium off campus.