Greatest catch of all time?

by iGanja 19. May 2006 05:01

jim.jpgAt least the greatest I’ve ever seen…

 

Even though it happened in Kansas City, and I only got to see it on TV and then about a million times on replay, the catch Jim Edmonds made over the tip of his cap in straight away center field is easily the greatest baseball catch of all time.  Keep in mind; this shot was taken from the camera-well, even with third base.  Viewed from home plate, all you see is Jim's cleats and backside.  I've been searching for the video of this, butt to no avail.  If anyone ever finds it, please pass it along.

 

Baseball Weekly rates it as the 3rd most amazing play of all-time!

 

I just needed something to reminisce about after last nite’s horrible display by my Angels.

 

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A challenge for all

by iGanja 16. May 2006 05:00

I have often wondered how we ever got to this whole idea of sending along (aka forwarding) things that humor us, or enlightened us, or scare us, on to our friends and families simply because we receive them as emails from one of our other friends or family members.  Is it a way of keeping in contact with the ones we love?  Is it simply that there is a forward button on our email program, or are we so afraid that our own words aren’t as good as the ramblings of someone else?  And why don’t we do this with other things in our lives?  When you think about it, when was the last time you “forwarded” a Christmas card, or a hand written letter from someone, or a parking ticket, or your paycheck?  Well, if you’re like me, never.  All of these things have your name on them and are yours for the keeping, and personalized just for you, and that is the key.

 

Here is my challenge for all of you.  And I will admit, this isn’t my idea, it is only my idea to pass the challenge on to you.

 

Richard Carlson: author of “Don’t Sweat the Small stuff, and it’s All Small Stuff” writes in one of his chapters that each week you should write a “heartfelt letter” to someone you know.  Imagine, instead of a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or some other self serving endeavor, you resolve to do something for someone else.  Something simple, something from the heart, something that takes more thought than to simply add their name to the long list of names you are about to forward that silly chain email to.

 

I’ll admit, I’m not perfect, and I don’t write my letter every week.  But I do try.  The best part: when I get a personalized, heartfelt letter in return. I guarantee I never forward it.

 

If you feel like sending this on, be my guest, nothing bad will happen if you don’t.  If it gets more people writing letters, then it was worth it. Remember, no matter how bad you write, your words mean a lot more to the person you are sending them to than the words of someone else.

david

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The mad cow(ard) at the keyboard

by iGanja 11. May 2006 04:55

arguinginternet.jpgIt is a phenomenon no doubt.  Seemingly ordinary, mild mannered, well adjusted people, women, children, grandparents, all hiding behind the anonymity of their internet connections, ranting, raging, cursing, berating, insulting, bashing, criticizing and just plain being rude to the rest of the on-line community, who are all doing the exact same thing in return.  What the hell is this world coming to?

 

Before the internet and email and chat rooms and myspace and online dating, we got our news from the newspaper and the TV, we got our mail from the mail box, we chatted on the telephone or in person, there was no world-wide narcissist network and we met our future lovers and spouses through mutual friends, at school, at church, in public!  In short, we interacted with each other in more personal, face to face ways.  We were a society, I would argue, of much more polite and socially mindful people, with a real understanding of cause and effect with regard to our words and deeds.

 

If a man made an inappropriate suggestion to a female at a bar, he got slapped, or a drink poured on him, and rightfully so.  “Please” and “Thank You” were common phrases.  If there was a difference of opinion, the way it was voiced was tempered by the possible response one would receive.  Letters to the editor were signed (if you wanted any chance of getting them printed.)  We took responsibility for our words.  We had to.  The person we were directing them at was standing right in front of us, or at the very least, knew from whom or where the words came.

 

Enter the Internet; the ultimate creator of cowards, or at least the enabler of them.

Now - with no possibility of repercussion - inappropriate, rude, and even downright belligerent comments are made online every second of every day.  A whole generation of people living by the credo “The pen is mightier than the sword!” and right or wrong, they are getting away with it, because no matter how mighty, the sword needs a physical target.

 

Like those who feel a car (or better yet, the largest SUV on the block,) is well suited as an instrument of persuasion, so are those who hide behind the safety of their computer screens, mocking, ridiculing, insulting, berating, all without a single thought or worry of the consequences.  If only the person they were directing their hate laden words toward were standing within arms reach, would they be so bold?

 

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Thank god it’s finally over!

by iGanja 5. May 2006 04:53

The 6 game (longest since April 2002) losing streak has ended.  Although, I fear it is not, if this is the end of the pain for this year, I’d say we got out without suffering too much damage.  How did we do it, you ask?  With the help of three rooks, two making their major league debuts and one becoming the 92nd player in history to homer in his first major league at bat.  What a day!  Too bad it happened in Detroit!  Now, since the rooks picked up the vets today, maybe some of them will learn how to hit again.laa.gif

 

And now, a quick note on Tim Salmon.  Even though he has cooled off a bit, he has shown that he can still hit big boy pitching for power.  We weren’t expecting .300 and that’s fine.  He is still a dangerous hitter, and a huge asset to a team of increasingly young players that need a veteran of Tim’s experience and attitude around for the dog days.

 

Angels snap longest skid since '02, cool off Tigers

 

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Here’s an idea, Shut the Fuck Up!

by iGanja 4. May 2006 04:52

As if the U.S. didn’t have enough problems, with North Korea and Iran possibly developing nuclear weapons, the ongoing terrorist hailstorm in the Middle East, the future bird flu pandemic, the illegal immigration issues here at home, do we really need to go looking for another bees nest to stir up right now?  Can someone just put a fucking muzzle on our pea brained vice president before he starts another cold war?

 

Russian Officials Angered Over Vice President Cheney's Remarks

 

cheney1.jpgI have no problem acknowledging that Russia has its problems both internally and beyond its borders.  I can also can acknowledge that they too tend to apply pressure to those states that are not playing ball the way they’d like, but for the U.S. to even mention in passing that Russia is somehow overstepping ethical boundaries by using its natural resources to gain advantage or that they are unfairly restricting the rights of its citizens is just plain fucking hypocritical.

 

It is this holier than thou mentality constantly displayed by our government pinheads that continues to get us in hot water with the rest of the world, and continues to fuel those with less than honorable motives with plenty of material to justify their own self serving agendas.  Russia could absolutely be an exceptional ally of ours if only we would stop insulting them and pissing them off.  We are not the mother, father or big brother of all the world’s nations.  The fact is we need Russia on our side, if we are to check this jihad by the less fortunate, IQ challenged, religious zealots intent on destroying this planet in the name of Allah.

 

If we want the rest of the world on our side, or the very least stop telling us how to go about our business, we need to keep our noses out of theirs.

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Paying for the war on drugs…

by iGanja 28. April 2006 04:41

Our federal and state governments will collectively spend over $50 billion in hard tax-payer money this year on the futile fight known as the war on drugs. Countless more dollars will be spent in support of this war including prosecuting and incarcerating the thousands of unfortunate souls ranging from hard core heroin addicts to the guy walking around with a single joint in his pocket and unlucky enough to be nabbed one too many times.

It is also probable that we will spend even more than all of this combined in subsidies to nations where these drugs are coming from, most notably Mexico, Columbia, South Africa, and Afghanistan (yep, we give Afghanistan millions if not billions of dollars to combat the cultivation of opium poppies) and we can only guess where all this money actually goes. Curious the production of opium from Afghanistan has increased nearly ten fold since we ousted the Taliban (who were surprisingly effective at curtailing the opium industry when they were in power.) Perhaps our government will finally realize that the very freedoms we enjoy and fight for are the catalysts that enable the proliferation of drugs through the exercising of those freedoms.

The fact, which is so unbelievably easy to see, is the war on drugs is un-winnable. I would even argue that the more money we throw at this war, the more ineffective we will ultimately be at fighting it. We live in a society of freedom, capitalism and gluttony; three of the worst enemies to good judgment, equity and temperance, yet we as a society continually fool ourselves into thinking that can somehow control the masses by throwing unfathomable amounts of money toward a war we cannot hope to win.

Opponents to true freedom of choice would have you believe that the only outcome would be anarchy, but I would argue that the problems facing our nation stem from the government’s propensity to limit our freedom when they see fit to save us from ourselves. With ultimate freedom comes ultimate accountability and responsibility. Imagine if we spent that $50 billion on education. Effectively producing more intelligent, accountable and productive future members of our society, who, if they chose, would do drugs, or not, but either way would do so responsibly, and without impeding on anyone else’s right to do the same.

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Now this has got to take the fucking cake!

by iGanja 27. April 2006 04:39

A Spanish version of the Star Spangled Banner? 

Immigrants, who “love” this country sooooo much yet, have no desire to learn the language spoken by the majority of its inhabitants, the language used to form the country through its declaration of independence and constitution and the language in which every single law is written and will ever be written.  They say ignorance of the law is no excuse, but what about no comprenda le lay?  Is that a valid defense?  If this is to be your country, then it is also to be your society, your community, your neighborhood, and if you truly want to be a part of it, the rest of us speak English!

And what of the immigrants that built this country?  The Irish, Italians, Greeks, Polls, Germans, Slavs et al, have all learned to read, write, speak and yes even sing in English!

Why, for the love of god, must we continue to pander to a faction of immigrants who demand special treatment when every other immigrant before them gladly adapted and integrated themselves into their new beloved country and all without a single nation-wide protest?

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Here here, and shut the fuck up already!

by iGanja 12. April 2006 04:35

McKinney's gender, race card flop

Cynthia.McKinney.jpgSometimes being black or being a woman has nothing to do with someone’s reaction to your arrogant, self entitled actions.  Actually, what playing the race card can do in some instances is prove just how much of a racist the one playing the card is.  Although, in my mind, this case is pretty darn clear, many cases of supposed racial injustice are handled with such kid gloves that no one ever supposes that the one crying foul is really the racist.

 

Take for example, our very own resident racist; the compulsive, self serving, (exactly what makes him a reverend,) media whore, piece of cow dung, Jesse (please don't point that dogmatic finger at me again) Jackson.  Does no one have the balls to stand up and call him what he is?  Is the fact that he happens to be black and one of the most outspoken abusers of the race card somehow shed all scrutiny by the learned public, our nation’s leaders and judicial system that he is in fact one of the most blatant racists of our time?

 

cynthia_mckinney.jpgI know nothing of Rep. Cynthia McKinney except this.  She needs to apologize to congress, to the Capitol Hill Police officer whom she has tried to try in the media to cover her own lack of good judgment and sense, and just do her job.  You know, the one her constituents elected her to do, and leave the race and gender cards to those who truly play them best.

 

My apologies to Gloria Allred.  Although you certainly deserve it, being the self appointed champion for all things gender and an even bigger media whore than JJ, I simply had no energy for you today, but I'm sure we can all draw the parallel.

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Welcome Back Tim!

by iGanja 3. April 2006 04:34

TimSalmon.jpgAfter a year of thinking I would never see him play again, Tim Salmon had an uncharacteristic spring training.  Tagged with the label “notoriously slow starter” throughout his career, Tim needed a good, but more likely great, showing this year just to make the team.  What Tim did was bat .340 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI with a sizable number of at bats for a veteran, and in doing so, displaced young buck Dallas McPherson for the final roster spot.  Read All About It.  Now it’s up to Tim to stay healthy and produce the way we all know he can.

 

WAY TO GO TIM!  So glad you decided to finish out your career with the Angels.

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And now a word on economics...

by iGanja 13. March 2006 04:30

In 2005, the US government paid approximately $352,000,000,000 (that’s $352 billion) in interest on our national debt.  Coincidentally, the yearly budget deficit under Gorge W has been right around 400 billion.  Actually a bit more, but we aren’t into shaving points here for the sake of argument.  Anything over a few hundred million and what does it really matter?  It’s all play money to dem politicians.  But wait, here’s a big news flash for you bickering stuffed shirts.  Actually, it’s OUR money!!!

 

When one really stops to think just how much $352 billion is, most of us, (including your’s truly) have no way to relate, and really have no way to put that amount of money into perspective.  I mean, I could have ranted today on the actual national debt, but that would have been even more an unfathomable concept at over 8 trillion dollars than the pittance that is only the interest payment.

 

So, how about we try and put a visual on this massive interest payment (and you thought a few hundred dollars a month on your credit card was a lot…)  At $352 billion, that is about $1 billion a day (again, why quibble over a few million.)  Still, since none of us has actually seen a billion dollars (see MediaWatchBlog,) I’m betting it’s still too large a number for the average citizen (again, myself included.) to comprehend.  So… even though we could further break this down by the hour ($42 million,) the minute ($695 thousand,) or even the second ($11,575) so we get to a figure that looks even remotely like something that might actually reside in our bank accounts, why don’t we just try to visualize what our daily payment of $1 billion is, seeing as our government and those reporting these grotesque numbers to us seem to think we can easily wrap our heads around a number such as a billion.

 

Let’s take a stack of $1 bills, shall we?  It takes approximately 150 of them to make an inch, and 1800 to make a foot.  So, if we were to stack today’s interest payment in $1 bills, we would have a stack 611,111 feet high.  Hmmmmm.  I still have no idea what that would look like.  611,111 feet is almost 116 miles!  Alright, well, I kinda know what 116 miles looks like; at least I think I do.  It is roughly the distance between the downtowns of San Diego and Los Angeles.  It is, interestingly enough, the minimum orbital distance of the Space Shuttle.  Alright, so after further thought, since I have never seen the space shuttle in flight, I’d say 116 miles of dollar bills is still something I can’t really imagine.

 

What I am really trying to point out here is how huge our national debt really is.  So huge in fact that the average citizen has no concept of how much money we are talking about.  Okay, so, we’re spending 1 billion dollars a day in interest.  Doesn’t sound so bad, I mean, it’s only 1 billion.  Better than 2, right?  Maybe because 1 is a number we can all identify with, the fact that it is only 1 makes it more palatable I guess.  Until you realize that our government spends more on interest on our national debt than nearly every single major line item in the federal budget!  Including: education, law enforcement, environmental protection, medical research, transportation, energy (or better yet, the development of alternative forms?  More on this later, I’m sure,) and homeland security.  In fact, put them all together, and you still don’t have what we pay in interest!

 

Just imagine if we had an additional $352 billion to budget.

 

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