Hide Your Kids – Antoine Dodson Update

From Mashable today..

There’s a new viral music act climbing the charts lately — and it ain’t Gaga. The Gregory Brothers — of “Auto-Tune the News” fame — have scored a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with their remix, “Bed Intruder,” another feather to add to a cap already feathered by a top-selling iTunes jam and an upcoming pilot on Comedy Central.

It’s worth reading the whole Mashable article here.  

(My previous Blog post on Antoine here.)

I Have a New Nominee for World’s Biggest Jacka$$

It’s this guy to the right.  David Silverman, Vice President and Communications Director of the American Atheists.

Now, he’s not a jackass for being Atheist.  I support atheism.  I mean it’s really a silly thing to argue about here on earth.  One day we’ll either die and find out atheists are wrong, or we’ll die and won’t be doing anything at all, so what’s the purpose of arguing about it.  To me, it’s the same as if Muslims want to fast during Ramadan.  It doesn’t bother me, so why would we argue about it.

But this where Silverman steps into new territory.  

You see, there’s a stretch of highway in Utah.  And the good people who live in Utah decided they should remember state patrol officers who died in the line of duty by placing white crosses on the highway.  This seems like a nice thing to do, no?

Well apparently folks like Silverman are so insulted by this affront to atheists, that since 2005 — YES 2005 — he’s been going to court to stop this.  

Here’s a guy with apparently so little to do, that he’s going to go out of his way to stop a tribute to honorable people who lost their lives doing an honorable job, just because the memorials are in the shape of a cross.  

Now, if the Utah wanted to call the stretch of road, “Highway to Heaven” or “Ascension Blvd” I might follow the Separation of Church and State argument.  Same if before every Jazz game fans had to recite a pledge to God and remember the 14 dead.  Along those lines if all fast food restaurants in Seattle were closed during daylight hours during Ramadan, or if no one could serve meat of Fridays during Lent, I’d throw a fit.

But really, do we need to protest crosses memorializing fallen officers, especially in a state based on religion?  I say no. And I think it warrants Silverman and his cronies for some sort of jacka$$ award.  So if that gets me kicked out of atheist heaven, so be it.

Turning Lemons into Lemonade – The Antoine Dodson Story

You may have seen parts of this saga, but just in case you didn’t follow it all the way through.

So FIRST, watch the new Huntsville Alabama clip that got the whole thing started…

Chilling, no?.

THEN watch what a few clever kids did to it..

It doesn’t end there..

The Huntsville TV crew goes to work, and does a follow up story..

And you know what’s coming, right. .

Antoine Dodson is basically now the new Old Spice Man…With an Ed Hardy T-Shirt no less…Go see http://www.antoine-dodson.com/. A lesson to Snookie and anyone else negotiating for reality TV duckets – characters are everywhere.

Baseball Milestones

It’s not often I get content for this blog from my softball cronies.  But this article came across the kucklehead telegraph today and is full of great baseball trivia. My only question now is which one of these guys reads the Wall Street Journal.  Here are some highlights.

  • ´╗┐Marlins Jorge Cantu stared the season with at least one hit and one RBI in each of the Marlins first 9 games.- Never done before.
  • A-Rod: 13 seasons; 30 HRs and 100 RBIs in each one;  A-first

There have been 173,383 MLB games since 1903

  • No player has ever hit 3 grand slams in one game
  • No player has ever hit for the cycle in two consecutive games
  • A game has never had two players hitting for the cycle
  • In 49 years, the Mets have never had a no-hitter (Seaver for the Reds, Cone for the Yanks, Ryan for several, Gooden for the Yanks).  In 18 years, the Marlins have 4
  • 40 pitchers have throw the immaculate late inning (9 strikes to 3 consecutive batters).  But No pitcher has done it two innings in a row.
  • 26 batters have come to bat 3 times in 1 inning.  But none of them made all 3 outs in the inning.
  • Twice, not once, a game has ended with an unassisted triple play – Last year and 1927.


Entitlement Takes on New Ground

I’m not a big fan of entitlement. I was taught by an old boss long ago at the Tucson Toros that no one is entitled to anything, you have to earn everything you’re rewarded with.

So there is something funny about the coincidental juxtaposition of the article I’m forwarding here to the post I wrote over the weekend about the online education company. This CNN article (I’ve seen a version several places online) reports that:

“A recent college graduate is suing her alma mater for $72,000 — the full cost of her tuition and then some — because she cannot find a job. Trina Thompson, 27, of the Bronx, graduated from New York’s Monroe College in April with a bachelor of business administration degree in information technology.  On July 24, she filed suit against the college in Bronx Supreme Court, alleging that Monroe’s ‘Office of Career Advancement did not help me with a full-time job placement. I am also suing them because of the stress I have been going through.'” 

This made me wonder what I could sue either of my alam maters for.  After all, I graduated with a degree in Finance, but I was unable to predict either stock market crash.  Surely the U of A owes me for my losses.  And, in the 20 years or so that I was in college or out of college, I’ve NEVER been able to attend a Rose Bowl.  In fact, now I have 2 Pac-10 schools I could enjoy in the Rose Bowl, and neither of them have made it.  Surely I could sue for that.  And what about the fact that I can’t speak Spansih fluently?  U of A is 60 miles from the Mexican border.  Why couldn’t I get out of there with a bi-lingual education?  Bastards.

On the more serious note, I would like to (though I need to check with our HR department and legal teams to see if we are allowed) blacklist Trina Thompson from our resume inbox, and have much tighter guidelines on any poor sap who lists Monroe College as their primary education.  

Poor Ms. Thompson, do you have any idea how much more difficult you have made it for you or any of your classmates to get employed?