Saturday, January 30, 2010

Another Blast From The Past

Not much needs to be said about this weekend's featured act. He's a household name and has a career that spans 47 years. He's been in the Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos (a project with Duane Allman), and himself. His versatility is unmatched. His music is rooted in the blues, but can certainly play any style and is able to blend well with other talented artists in his genre. And he does it without missing a beat, anywhere along the line.

These are two of my favorite songs by Mr. Eric Clapton:

Joining him on this one is Phil Collins on drums:


Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Funnies

Here's my favorite altruistic psychologist giving his usual stellar advice to a poor troubled soul:

When someone is whining, complaining, or trying to play the martyr, I have always found this method of mental health intervention to be indicated as a valid treatment modality.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

On Notice: Evan Bayh

The junior senator from the state of Indiana is up for re-election this year. Here is a brief look at why Evan Bayh's period of employment belongs "On Notice".

First and foremost - - let me explain that I have voted for Sen. Bayh four times in my lifetime, twice for governor and twice for senator. Much unlike his liberal father (Birch Bayh), he always presented himself and acted in a manner that would usually define him as a fiscal conservative and a social moderate.

I remember in one State Assembly session, he cut spending fairly radically. When the Republican-led body sent him a a huge bill laced with pork, he vetoed it. After that, the Assembly promptly overrode it and forced him to cut spending in areas not covered in the bill. Most Dems at that time were more than happy to increase spending on just about anything, so having a frivolous bunch of Republicans would have normally been a gift. But Bayh was not a frivolous man, at least not at the time.

When he left the Governor's Mansion after his limited two terms, he left a surplus in the treasury. It didn't last long, the next administration was Democratic and they promptly began squandering it away the day he left. But he left it. And you must understand, this was at a time when many other states were running huge deficits like they are now.

So for the most part, he was what we all believed to be a common sense Democrat.

I also worked in middle management at a local level for the state of Indiana, when he was governor. As a Chief Executive, morale was fairly good during his tenure (at least as far as government jobs go, anyway). No leader is ever perfect and there are always disenchanted workers (even if Karl Marx were leading them). But relatively speaking he did well enough to capture some measurable loyalty and respect along the way.

But something has happened to him in the time since he has left that post. Now that he has been sent to Washington to represent the people of Indiana, he seems to have forgotten who sent him there and just who he once was.

He has evolved from the firm common sense principles of a fiscal conservative to a Washington fiscal liberal in 12 short years. This is a transformation way too radical to believe on the surface. You can't tell me that he hasn't sold his soul to the same progressive establishment that once owned his father.

Much of this transformation has taken place in a little over a year. Senator Bayh has voted for TARP, the Stimulus package, and now the healthcare bill. All of these things together are priced at well over a trillion dollars. It may be even more, because when was the last time a government program ever came in on budget?

And if that isn't enough for you, watch him as he haggles to vote for Cap and Trade. What will you bet he will hold out for added pork (for Indiana's best interest, of course), like money to throw at the bio-fuel industry that seeks to advance the use of corn based ethanol and soy-diesel (the two biggest cash crops).

How is that this man can change so drastically in a little over a year? One word, power.

When Bayh was voting more sensibly, there was a balance of power. Since the election of 2008, the power has been in hands of the Democratic party and he now feels free to assume a mandate to vote for utterly wasteful progressive legislation. In short, he feels free to come out of the closet, where many have said he has been hiding his liberal tendencies for years.

But with the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, he is now trying to backtrack a little bit. Whereby for a season now he has not been seen from nor heard from, he is now showing up to readjust his strategy a bit. Maybe it's because this Rasmussen poll shows he is now vulnerable in a state that has been so good to him.

But people like me are not impressed. Because the votes he has already cast (late in the last session and in the first half of this one) are enough to put this country in debt for the rest of my life and my children's lives, without borrowing another dime. He has consented for China to own this nation by throwing money, borrowed from them, at problems that cannot be fixed by mere money.

Another issue for voters to consider is from where the Senator's campaign money comes. Open Secrets shows us the largest industry that contributes to him is the same one that always seems to pop up high on Democratic lists, lawyers. I cannot imagine too many attorneys having the best interest for the citizens of any given entity. So the question becomes... what kind of bang are they getting for their buck from Evan?

Folks, I have said it many times here on PYY. It's time for these career politicians to go. We have time to study and analyze the issues before November, and we have time to look for and recruit candidates to run against the elected officials like Evan Bayh.

Mr. Bayh, you are now on notice. I will be working hard to unseat you this fall. I will be recruiting people to work against you this fall. I have worked on a few campaigns in my lifetime, both Republican and Democrat. I am relentless and will stop at nothing to prevent you from casting another vote in the U.S. Senate, after next January. My advice to you is get your resume together.

I thank you for your service to the state of Indiana and this nation, as not all of your decisions were stupid. But it is time to re-energize and rejuvenate. Time to lose the dead weight and begin to undo the damage that you and your colleagues have done to this nation.

And just so you know that we mean business, watch this video if you haven't already seen it. And if you have, watch it again:

Have a nice day.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Various And Sundry Items

If you have read this blog very long, you know about the features I called News In Brief (And The Usual Opinionated Commentary) and Recommended Reading. Well, I have decided to combine them into a new feature, as named above.

1) I thought Recommended Reading was too redundant and maybe in some ways, superfluous.. If I am linking to something it only stands to reason that I am recommending that you read it.

2) I thought The News In Brief title was too wordy. And since it was brought up by a certain person who shall remain nameless (Mustang) that I am a verbose bastard, I thought I'd make the effort to improve myself, and correct all deficiencies before I am inspected again. Soon.

(It's a good thing I am self-actualized or I would get a complex.)

Anyway, here is the first installment of the new feature that I will be writing -- when I:

1) am too tired to write something reasonably coherent

2) just want to half-ass it, because I am a dying cockroach.

Our hypocrite of the week is
Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN).

Last week I blogged on the rumor that Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) was supposed to be mulling over a possible U.S. Senate bid against him. But now it has been reported here that he will not be.

Even with this news, Bayh is in some trouble. He is even trying to back pedal on the healthcare bill.

I voted for him twice for governor and twice for Senator, but I am not supporting him this time. I wish Mr. Pence had run, as he would have beat Bayh handily. But there is another who could beat him. And even though he doesn't poll as well against Bayh as Pence, John Hostetler does well enough to give Bayh a good run. He's going to need to run a common sense campaign and it won't be easy. But it can be done.

State Of The Union: Erratic

Damage control and other forms of BS will be flowing today. The pundits will be speculating and then analyzing Obama's first State Of The Union Address, during the current 24-hour news cycle.

He has to do something. Because contrary to the propaganda artisans he has hired to promote his empty sales pitches, he is in trouble. After just one year, he went from 65% approval rating down to 47% in the highly esteemed Rasmussen Poll.

But don't worry, there's more coming down the pike that is purely designed to re-mesmerize the masses. It will be formed and fashioned to trick the people into thinking that he has changed.....without actually saying that he has changed....without actually having changed at all.

I know, it's hard to follow. But that's the way they like it so you will think you know what's what.

It's the same hook, just different bait.

Stone: Hitler Created By Western Bankers

Ollie thinks he's telling us something here. I have known this for many years, because they used to teach history accurately when I was in school. They also taught us that Castro and Che were not heroes, but cold-blooded killers.

In the same new film, Ollie also attempts to put Stalin in the proper context. If we are lucky, maybe he will tell us more about Mao in his next film? No?

And The Winner Is.......

Robert L. Gibbs, White House Press Secretary. The award is the Baghdad Bob Award, issued for superior accuracy of statements in a press conference and/or interview. He has had so many qualifying performances during the past. But here is the performance that clinched it for Mr. Gibbs:

Runner up was Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano for her motherly reassurance that "the system worked" immediately after the attempted terrorist attack on a plane landing in Detroit, on Christmas Day.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


That's the number of dollars, the AP is reporting that "we the people" owe, all thanks to these fine clowns in Washington DC. These are they who take our money and spend it at will, on whatever they deem necessary -- whenever they want. (And you can bet there are plenty of expenses like this, at the top of the list.)

If you do not pay your taxes they come after you. You can rest assured they will take the money by force, if necessary.

They will take what you own, sell it, and keep the money. They will arrest you, charge you, try you, convict you, sentence you, fine you , and sometimes incarcerate you for not giving them money to piss away -- like an 18 year old drunken soldier (or sailor) on liberty from boot camp. But even at that, maybe the 18 year old does have some sense about him: Even he knows when he is out of money and he usually stops spending until he gets more.

But let's get back to the number, shall we?

Let's round down this number a little closer (for someone that may not be able to grasp this figure in its entirety). Twelve trillion dollars owed means that every American owes approximately $40,000,000,000. That's forty billion - with a capital "B".

Now, you liberals that still lurk here (and I know you do, because I see you on the Sitemeter), tell us all in simple terms just how you expect this to get paid - swiftly and surely? Don't be shy, don't be reserved. Explain to us poor stupid plebeians just how you think this will get done. We really want to know.

I say this, because we all have calculators and can perform basic skills on them. And when we take the dollars this nation owes and divide it by the number of people that are citizens of this nation, this is the number we get.

The person who cannot work because he/she is ill, handicapped cannot pay anything. Those who are too damned lazy to work can't pay it and wouldn't if they could. Because they believe the system owes it to THEM - instead of our creditors.

Those who are the heart and soul of the workforce in this country cannot pay that much over a hundred lifetimes. They would if they could, because that's the kind of people they are. But they just aren't able and it's quite the fantasy to think they can.

No...that's not who we will need to step up to the plate. Once again, the people that will be forced to pay the bill will be the ones that create jobs in this economy. They won't be able to create many though, because they will be saddled in higher taxes and therefore unable to hire more people to do anything. This means very little innovation, very little investment, and very little growth (if any at all) is about to come our way for the next 20-30 years.

Unless the working people of this great nation can learn to see that the Democratic party is about to crash this nation's future, your children and grandchildren will be destined to live as poorly as the people of Haiti. There will be nothing left of this nation to give to anyone in our lineage, no hope, no nothing. We will have ceded it to China and we will be their workers for paltry sums of money.

Think about this long and hard, before you start falling for more lies like these. The vast majority of promises he made to this nation to get elected, he has broken several times over. Don't fall for more twisted rhetoric that you will likely be hearing tomorrow night, in the State of the Union Address.

Monday, January 25, 2010


Colts 30 - Jets 17

What evil hath been wrought? How dost thou deal with a monster of thy own creation? Did Bill Polian shoot himself and the team in the foot, when they made that fateful decision to hand the Jets a victory in Week 16?

These were the questions on every Colt fan's mind in the first half of this ball game.

To the Jets credit, they did what they had to do in the first half, just to have a chance to win the game. They controlled the tempo on both sides of the ball, they executed their game plan with better precision. They played chess better and created an almost unsolvable puzzle for Manning and the Colts' offense.

The blitz was remarkably effective, the coverage was close and tight. The Jets were punching the Colts right in the mouth, even more so than the Chargers last week. And all Indy could do was wipe the blood off of their faces and say: Thank you sir, may I have another?

Momentum was clearly on the Jets side, until Indy's last drive of the first half. That is when I felt it shift, that is when I felt like the puzzle was solved.

This game just goes to show that you can cover Clark and Wayne all day, and still get burned by Collie and Garcon. You can confuse Manning for awhile, but he will eventually see a weakness and openly seek to exploit it. Once the Jets' CB Donald Strickland went down with an injury, Manning and company went right after his replacement.

With all of the attention on the Indy offense, the overlooked squad was certainly the defense. Sure, they gave up some big plays early. But they regrouped and did not quit. They held the heralded Jets' running game to a mere 86 yards and made big plays down the stretch when they needed to most.

All in all, the Jets do not have any reason to hang their heads. They certainly fooled the experts in the post-season. They also have a solid foundation to build on for next year, Sanchez looked very composed for a rookie, and I look for him to develop into an All-Pro QB. I also expect they will challenge New England for the division, next season.

But for now, they are understandably disappointed. The farther you go in the playoffs, the harder it becomes to take a loss. But mark it down, this team will bounce back.

Congratulations to them for a great year and a great AFC Championship game.

Saints 31- Vikings 28

Dirty hits on Favre, multiple turnovers by the Vikings and yet, this was still a great ball game.

Give the old man his due, he is definitely one of the gutsiest players I have ever seen in this game. He took those dirty hits like a man and stayed with the game until the end. But for some odd reason, I suspect this really was his last season.

As to the game, we must address some inarguable truths:

1. Favre was the reason they were in this game, period.

2. Favre was the reason they were in the game late, after all of the careless turnovers.

3. Favre was the reason they lost the game. He had an open field, but went against the grain trying to force something that was not there. How many times have we seen that over his career?

But beyond these three observations, we must not overlook:

4. The turnovers. Minnesota would not have put Favre in the awkward position of carrying a team in the end, had they been able to hang onto the damned ball.

5. I rarely complain about the refs, but these guys stunk up the place. I cannot believe these guys are qualified to officiate a Pop Warner game, much less one in the NFL. They blew call after call by allowing dirty hits on Favre, calling only a couple. And they even got it wrong on instant replay in OT, when it counted the most. If it were up to me I'd fire all of them and I certainly hope they aren't calling the Super Bowl.

But hats off to the New Orleans Saints, they have had a banner year. Brees has shown that he is a top-notch QB and their defense has greatly improved. They will be tough for the Colts to beat.

And now, we can all get ready for the two weeks of seemingly endless hype.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Another Blast From The Past

If you live in the temperate zones and feel like I do right now, you are sick of the cold already. And winter isn't even half over yet. So i thought this weekend we'd take a listen at some songs that emit a warm sound that makes us all think of the tropics.

This first tune was originally sang by the late South African singer, Miriam Makeba (who I saw in concert in Germany, in 1978). This version is from a Cuban born singer, who now makes her home in Barcelona.

This is a catchy little song some of you may recognize from the Honda Accord Crosstour commercial. It's called Pata Pata:

Here's a little tune that you may recognize from a steel drum outfit from the Caribbean:

Nothing like the Beach Boys to warm up the spirit. This song was big in the 80s, the video has some great shots of what looks like the Florida Keys:


Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Funnies

People have certainly gotten a lot of mileage out of this movie clip. Here's one more, fresh from the laugh factory. This one takes place when Hitler finds out that Coakley lost the election:


(Hat Tip to Mary Ellen at Bad Habit)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Letter To France And Venezuela

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that has all but destroyed what little the people of Haiti did have, I happened to notice some things that are being said about the U.S. presence there.

From the French:

The French minister in charge of humanitarian relief called on the UN to "clarify" the American role amid claims the military build up was hampering aid efforts.

Alain Joyandet admitted he had been involved in a scuffle with a US commander in the airport's control tower over the flight plan for a French evacuation flight.

"This is about helping Haiti, not about occupying Haiti," Mr Joyandet said.

From Venezuela:

Speaking on his weekly television show, Chavez opined that the U.S. mission in Haiti was a ruse to initiate military occupation.

“I read that 3,000 soldiers are arriving, Marines armed as if they were going to war,” Chavez said. “They are occupying Haiti undercover.”

To which I feel compelled to reply:

Dear France and Venezuela,

We appreciate your concern here, we really do. Please feel free to make a contribution at any time and then we can leave in a prompt manner. You see ladies and gentlemen, there really isn't much to covet in Haiti right now.

If you want to get the aid to people that are still living in massive piles of rubble, have at it. If along the way you see an oil well worth protecting or some other commodity resource that would make an occupation something that would be to our interest, please help yourself. Because unless you have a secret formula to convert concrete to energy, food, or precious metals or minerals, there would be no diabolical reason to occupy such a poverty stricken geological mess.

He who holds it will need to realize that he will be expected to clean it up. I don't suppose either of you thought of that one either. Did you?

Please let us know as soon as possible and I am sure we can work out a change of command and that you can do better without us there. Maybe China would like to pitch in for some recovery and reconstruction. They must have done a bang up job after the Szechuan quake. Maybe by now they have cleaning up a huge rock pile, down to an art and/or science.

Believe me when I tell you: If it were within my power to yield it, I would sign the papers right now.

Best of luck to you.

Your Friend,

LA Sunsett

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Rippling Waters

WISH-TV Channel 8 in Indianapolis is reporting this story, just one day after the stunning upset victory of Scott Brown in Massachusetts.

The surprise Republican Senate win by Scott Brown in Massachusetts sparked Washington speculation about a possible heavyweight matchup between Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Evan Bayh in Indiana.

The Capitol Hill Web site Roll Call has a report that Mike Pence will meet Thursday with the Republican Senate Campaign Committee.

All I can state is:

Please Mike, run.
Evan Bayh is ripe for defeat and needs to go.

End statement.

(More on Rep. Pence can be found here and here.)

Reading Into The Massachusetts Results

Even in the late hours (while the voting was still going on) we saw the hacks scrambling to assign blame, for the poor showing of the Democrat nominated to fill the former seat held by Ted Kennedy.

Coakley's camp must have known something wasn't looking good, they had this to say:

National Dems Failed to Aid Coakley Until Too Late

— Coakley campaign provided national Democrats with all poll results since early December

— Coakley campaign noted concerns about "apathy" and failure of national Democrats to contribute early in December. Coakley campaign noted fundraising concerns throughout December and requested national Democratic help.

— DNC and other Dem organizations did not engage until the week before the election, much too late to aid Coakley operation

It is being reported that the national Democratic machine said this in response to that memo:

"This memo is a pack full of lies and fantasies - The DNC and the DSCC did everything they were asked and have been involved in the race for several weeks not just the last one -The campaign failed to recognize this threat, failed to keep Coakley on the campaign trail, failed to create a negative narrative about Brown, failed to stay on the air in December while he was running a brilliant campaign.

As the days follow, it is highly likely that many more will jump in and point a finger or two. Deflections, projections, and generalized excuse-making will likely be the order of the day, as the "powers that be" analyze the outcome of this very important election. But in the reflections and unending analysis that is bound to follow, I don't suppose many would want to admit that it just might be the agenda that is being rammed down Americans' throats.

No, sir. It can't me that, can it?

It's not like there haven't been massive numbers of tea parties to communicate this dislike of the present course, or contentious town hall eruptions protesting it before the elected officials who dared to have them. I guess the elections in New Jersey, Virginia and now Massachusetts will not render a message to the establishment, either.

No sir.

None of this will have any effect on Pelosi, Reid, or Obama. No doubt it will likely be full speed ahead, with absolutely no regard for the will of the people.

In this article, we read of a democratic official who just couldn't resist taking a swipe at Bush.

Democratic responses to Brown’s victory ranged from muted to combative, with Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) pledging House Democrats would be prepared to make a more aggressive case for their party in the 2010 midterm elections.

“After winning five straight competitive Special Elections, the DCCC knows first hand how difficult they are and we are not taking anything for granted this cycle,” Van Hollen said in a statement. “President George W. Bush and House Republicans drove our economy into a ditch and tried to run away from the accident. President Obama and congressional Democrats have been focused [on] repairing the damage to our economy.”

This isn't the least bit surprising when you think about it. The entire year has been focused on Bush and what he left them to work with.

Still, others (like a Democratic Senator from a traditionally blue state that has flirted with the red) offered a more practical answer, without actually coming out and pointing the fingers at the policies being dictated to the people.

From the same article:

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who chairs the Senate Democrats’ campaign committee, released a more subdued statement saying: “I have no interest in sugar coating what happened in Massachusetts. There is a lot of anxiety in the country right now. Americans are understandably impatient. The truth is Democrats understand the economic anger voters feel, that’s in large part why we did well in 2006 and 2008.”

This is partially true, voter anger did drive the Democratic victories in 2008. This was especially true of independents. They were sold a bill of goods and they believed the reckless promises.

But in 2009, it became apparent that this government misread their mandate. They saw it as a blank check. They saw it as a pass to do whatever they wanted. And when the people tried to make their cases, they were vilified. They were ridiculed and demonized as right wing racist reactionaries. Now, the people are even madder.

Truth is, the politicians in power will probably never get it. It will take a mandatory return to the private sector for them to even consider that they may be the problem here. And even then, what will you bet they will still blame George W. Bush?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Expecting A Miracle In Massachusetts

Once again, I am guilty of swiping this from I Hate The Media:

Of course, many who read this sleepy little blog have a hope that this will happen. But in all reality, I completely expect the Democrats to make every effort to steal this election using fraudulent ballots that are now being hid into car trunks and basements, as I type.

They did try it in New Jersey recently. But the turnout was so overwhelmingly in favor of the GOP candidate, they couldn't steal it. That's what needs to happen in Massachusetts, today.

Massachusetts, the entire nation is watching and waiting. We are all behind you and counting on you to do the right thing. A renewal of American politics is ready to spark, ready to ignite, and ready to spread across this great country.

Please, please.... be that spark.

The skewing has already begun in the media. Note the poll referenced in this Boston Globe article.

The new poll, done for the liberal Daily Kos blog by Research 2000, found Brown and Coakley tied, 48-48. The telephone poll of 500 randomly selected voters was conducted Friday through Sunday and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Now take a look at where it stands among the more respectable polling organizations. Unless they know something ahead of time, I think Kos needs to get out of the polling business.

FOX just reported that Coakley has conceded. This is a huge margin of victory for such a liberal stronghold. Imagine the effects this will have on blue dog states.

Evan Bayh? Are you watching this? The people of Indiana are coming for you next.

Monday, January 18, 2010


Saints 45 - Cardinals 14

As most may have surmised by now, except for when the Colts play I am usually for the underdogs and the old men of the league. In this game, the second oldest active starting QB didn't have a good day and the score reflects it. Because, as Warner goes so does Arizona and he didn't really get it into gear as the game progressed.

A tough hit after a NO interception may be partly to blame. But I think this NO defense was playing as it had earlier in the year and up the level it was capable.

As silly as I thought it was trying to make a play after the pick, I must give Kurt credit for having raw guts. It was pure instinct, he didn't flinch. But it cost him and his team a chance.

But even had he stayed healthy, I think the Saints were just too good on this particular day. In one word, it was "defense". The Saints had it, the Cardinals didn't. NO made plays when they needed to, AZ didn't.

Colts 20 - Ravens 3

Indy did exactly what they needed to do in this game. They didn't run the ball particularly well but made up for it with a good west coast style passing attack, and they limited Baltimore's running game to only 87 yards.

The Ravens needed to play ball control on offense like they did last week. They needed to win the time of possession battle to keep Manning on the sideline, like other teams who have had success against the Colts. They didn't.

They needed to get to play close in the secondary, which they did, But they often played too close and were hit with penalties. They were lucky though, they got away with more than were called.

They needed to get Flacco more involved downfield. It looked like they were going to do that at first. But as the game unfolded, they didn't. (It's just too hard for the Ravens to get their passing going without the running game being established first.)

Vikings 34 - Cowboys 3

Old man Brett Favre is one step away from another Super Bowl. Without him under center, Minnesota is at home right now.

The Viking defense also deserves a lot of credit, for shutting down Romo and company. They were pressuring him more than he's used to and at the same time, causing major disruptions in the running lanes for the Cowboy running backs.

I think this game went to the team that had the most talent on the field, and the better overall athletes.

Jets 17 - Chargers 14

Pure guts won this game, with pure smash-mouth physical football. The Jets played the game they needed to, they needed to keep it close and play each series one at a time. Defense and rushing, rushing and defense ; but more than anything, they needed to show patience.

SD fans will no doubt point to their kicker for missing key FG attempts. And while this is true, they need not place all of the responsibility for this loss on him, for there was enough blame to go around.

1. Penalties - SD committed them and many were very stupid and unbecoming of a playoff team. Kicking the challenge flag resulted in an unsportsmanlike conduct, totally unnecessary and a sign of immaturity. False starts, personal fouls, 10 penalties for 87 yards; it may be the kind of play that gets you through a weak division, but not the kind of play that wins championships.

2. Philip Rivers - QB Rating in this game: 76.9. This overrated choke artist likes to talk smack during the game to opposing fans and the opposing team. I guess talking smack to the other team isn't too unheard of, but only if you can back it up. They didn't/couldn't.

3. LaDamian Tomlinson - Yards gained: 24.

4. SD Offensive Line - Total Rushing Yards: 61. Sacks Allowed: 2. Countless hurried passes.

5. Norv Turner - Going onside kick with the way the Jets failed to move the ball late in the game, clearly stupid. He is the most overrated coach in the NFL and showed us why.

6. The Entire Chargers Team - Whiners and complainers. Totally blew the Jets off and did not take them seriously. They deserved to lose this game.

Bottom line, the Jets earned this victory and will be taken more seriously, next week. They are the most dangerous team left in the playoffs, because they aren't supposed to be here. If the Chargers would have believed this, they would be traveling to Indy next week.

Next Week:

AFC: NYJ at Indy

NFC: Minn at NO

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sunday Funnies

From the "too good to pass up" department comes this story.

A group led by anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan has protested near the CIA's headquarters and former Vice President Dick Cheney's home in northern Virginia.


Whose job was it to notify Cindy (and her little friends at Code Pink) that Cheney isn't the Vice President anymore? I want their name(s) on my desk first thing Monday morning.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Another Blast From The Past

With all eyes on the state of Massachusetts right now, PYY salutes the special people we all hope will once again lead the way, in the quest for freedom and liberty.

This week, as part of our ongoing musical series, I thought the theme of this week's post should give a nod to the Bay State (in hopes that someone there may know the rest of us are keeping our fingers crossed for them and the nation)..

This first tune is one that many of us will remember, by one of the most successful musical acts ever in our lifetime:

I've never been to Boston. They tell me it's rich in history and has a unique personality unlike any other. After all, it was home of the famous tea party that helped shape an entire revolution.

I suppose that someday I may get there, but until then I will just have to listen to Dave Loggins invite us all to visit:

How ironic is it that the band with the name Boston has a song that reflects an unfulfilled desire of so many Americans, right now?

The world has become full of madness, inconsistency, and is generally so erratic that peace very often eludes us. To top it off, our elected officials are sorely warped in their thinking. They are so intent on implementing an agenda of destructive interventions that don't make a damned bit of sense, they have lost contact with reality. They have forgotten that they serve at the pleasure of the people.

So unless the people demand better, this will continue and only get worse. There will be no peace of mind, nor will their be any hope for our children in the future.

I sincerely hope that we can see the beginning of a return to sanity next week. I sincerely hope that Massachusetts gets it right on Tuesday.

Momentum depends on it.

And as always, enjoy the music.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Funnies

Sometimes (not always) I have to work, think, and exert some effort into the simplest of posts. And sometimes (for no other reason than luck), things just fall in my lap out of nowhere.

This funny fell into my lap. It is a headline of an article, which defines the very essence of this Presidency:

Joe Biden update: He meets on transparency today. But the meeting is closed

Let me tell you.... you just cannot make this stuff up.

(Ref: LA Times)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Brown Tells Obama To Stay Away (Wink Wink, Nudge Nudge, Say No More)

The Washington Times is featuring an article that points out Obama's reluctance to campaign in Massachusetts for the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate. This is the all important vote that may impact the future of the Democrats' dangerous and ill-advised policies.

They could be toast.

So, the safe thing to do is to keep an increasingly unpopular President from screwing up any hope of keep the seat. You can't be too careful now and you can bet the GOP knows this.

So it comes as no surprise when I read that
Scott Brown was actually goading the President to come up, by using the old reverse psychology ploy.

Surging GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown yesterday warned President Obama to “stay away” from the Bay State during his roiling race against Democratic rival Martha Coakley and not to interfere with their intensifying battle in the campaign’s final days.

Now to the untrained eye, this may appear that Mr. Brown is worried. On the contrary. Fact is, he very much wants the President to come up, because there is nothing that could hurt Coakley (any more than herself) worse than a failing President, who brought to Washington a team of incompetents, who seem to excel at running things into the ground.

I think Brown may have a chance here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Mass. Made Of People

If you haven't seen this video, watch this young man have one of those serendipitous moments that may catch hold.... not only as catch-phrase, but as a way of thinking:

Allow me to add:

They are ALL of our seats. Each one of us here who lives in the USA has a representative seat and two senator seats -- of which we own a part. We own the buildings, we own the system -- not them.

Think of this year's election as a stockholder's meeting and vote for what will turn this thing around. Make your mind up now that you are going to vote these non-performers into the private sector and hire a new staff, because the board which was elected last time was the wrong one.

The last time I checked, people from Massachusetts had a stake in this thing. They played a major part in the American Revolution, let them be among the first to start this rejuvenation and rebirth. Let the message of the people begin there -- in the cradle of American civilization.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

China's Future Estrogen Shortage

If you get a moment, take a look at this story making the rounds right now.

China’s “one couple, one child” family planning policy could leave more than 24 million men unable to find a bride by the end of the decade, a report says.

The country’s leading think-tank describes the gender imbalance among newborns as the most serious demographic problem facing China. The surplus of bachelors — known as “bare branches” — in the rural areas has been described by senior officials as a problem that could lead to a surge in crime and social instability, the ruling Communist Party’s greatest fear.

When this policy was announced many years ago, it became immediately apparent to me that people would abort (and in some cases kill) baby girls as a result of this policy. I told people what I thought.

Some people just nodded and shuttled their kids into SUVs to get them to their baseball practice. Others smiled and said I was a deep thinker prone to troubleshooting world problems with common sense solutions. They would then asked to be excused.... because they had a meeting to go to and they were running late. Some just rolled their eyes and said nothing.

As the reality looms on the horizon, some are beginning to recognize what was so apparent to me back then.

Mark my words again today.

There will come a time when a surge in crime and social instability within the borders of China will be the least of the problems on the Asian continent. It will not only be a Chinese internal problem but will affect other nations, as well.

When the Chinese nation cannot appease those men who are without spouses, the time will come to send them off to war with their neighbors. Taiwan, Laos, Thailand, Korea, Japan, any or all will feel the full strength of a large and frustrated military force.The Chinese will occupy those nations, make slaves out of the men, and steal the women for themselves.

By that time, the U.S. will be so weak that nothing can be done. This current government in Washington will have this nation so far into China's pocket book, they will be calling all of the the shots. We will be the puppets and we will only be able to sit and watch.

Maybe, just maybe, we will be able to appease them. But it may require sending our daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, and nieces to marry them.

Roll your eyes if you want. I hope I am wrong. But still mark it down, because time waits for no one. If we don't fire those who are facilitating this massive debt to the Chinese, we will be trading our future sovereignty. I may be dead and gone by that time, but the time will still come.

Monday, January 11, 2010


Ravens 33 - Patriots 14

In one way, it is almost as if there is a passing of the torch going on right now or the end of an era. At the same time, I realize this may just be my perception. It may just be a sign that they need to retool some elements and rebuild.

Anything than could go wrong has gone wrong for them the past two years, as far as injuries go.

Last year it was Brady out for the season, this year it has been Welker hurt when it counted the most. There was some discussion about Brady playing with hurt ribs, there were times that I felt like Moss was quitting on the team. I don't know, only the team knows these things and they have denied these accounts.

What I did see of this ball game, it looked like the Ravens put lots of pressure on Brady, more than he's used to when they are winning. Greg, our resident Pats fan, has said in the past that the offensive line was not particularly good this year. It seems quite feasible that some work needs to be put into it...if they want to allow Brady the opportunity to keep throwing in "Hall Of Fame" fashion.

When the Ravens are good, this is the way they play: Tough defense and physical running attacks on offense. These are the things that Baltimore will need working for them, to have any chance to go further. They overran a banged up group of legends that will likely be back, but can they beat the juggernaut of the regular season the same way?

Cardinals 51 - Packers 45

Over 1000 total yards for both teams combined, 59 first downs, and no defense at all until the very end, when the game was on the line. This was the best game to watch the entire weekend, if you didn't have a dog in the fight. Otherwise, your nerves are shot today.

One would have thought that Arizona was going to rout the Pack, with the way the game started out. But after a scoreless 1st quarter, GB was able to crank up the offense and make a game out of it. Although I have been highly critical of Aaron Rodgers in this forum, he showed that he has the talent to be a great QB.

The Arizona offense must be damned good, because they just scored 51 on the second ranked defense in the league during the regular season. The impressive thing was, they did without one of their best receivers. Imagine how good they can be if they are healthy and on top of their game.

In my estimation, Kurt Warner has made his case for getting into the Hall of Fame and will only solidify that claim the longer he wins. Many think he already has, but you know how fickled the Hall voters can be sometimes. I think he will have a good day against New Orleans, next week.

Well that's the first round. The stage is set for the division round next week and we will post on these match-ups later in the week.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Mon AM QB (On Sunday)

Here is my take on the Saturday NFL playoff games. I got to see most of both:

Jets 24 - Bengals 14

Every year in the playoffs, one team seems to rise up at the right time and play well enough to be the cinderella team that the media loves to see. I am not so sure it is the Jets though. But then again, I am not so sure it isn't.

If the Colts hadn't laid down in the next to last game of the season, we wouldn't be talking about them (except in reference to the draft). But they did get a Christmas gift from Indy when they sat their stars. And now, this is a new season and a chance for new life. Records are out the window and the outcomes of games are decided on the field, not by pundits on TV and radio.

I don't want to take away from the Jets' good performance on the defensive side of the ball, or their potent "ball control" running attack on offense. But if you ask me what advanced New York out of this round, I'd have to say it was Carson Palmer and the entire Bengals offense (except Cedric Benson, who had 169 yds rushing).

No blocking, no picking up blitzes, and throws way off target, all had a major impact on this game. And when the passes were on target, they were dropped. I tell you, Chad Johnson is the next Terrell Owens, another big mouth "no effort" choke artist. For the second week in a row, Rivas had him covered like Allstate.

In my estimation, there is no excuse for the poor performance by the Bengals. They had all of the tools they needed. They had the talent, size, and speed. They knew the Jets well from the week before and still could not come up with a decent game plan to at least make it interesting. They moved the ball, but could not score points. They couldn't even depend on the kicker to make an easy FG.

But again, I won't take anything away from NY. They played solidly and confidently, Sanchez did not look like a rookie. He had a lot of help from the running game, but also made good decisions when the ball was in his hands. They deserved to win this game and may have gained enough confidence and momentum to cause their next opponent some serious anxiety.

Cowboys 34 - Eagles 14

I am not a fan of either team. But as it turns out, Michael Vick is playing for Philly and I have no respect for an inhumane puke that kills defenseless animals for sport or pleasure. I was not in favor of him returning to the league this quick, if ever at all. So, that sinks the Eagles a bit lower on my personal likability chart.

I can sum this game up quite simply, Dallas owns Philadelphia.

And why shouldn't they?

The Eagles franchise hasn't changed much over the past 10 years. Some of the faces are different, they play decent defense, but for the past decade their success had hinged on Donovan McNaab. As he goes, so goes the team. How hard can it be to prepare for a team like that?

They are predictable to a tee and the Cowboys were ready for them....again.

McNaab was smothered. He was sacked four times and his throws were constantly being hurried. While he was able to manage 230 yds passing, the Eagles (as a team) could only manage 56 yds rushing. That will not get it, in the playoffs

Vick managed to throw a 76 yd TD pass early. But before the Eagle fans could start screaming for the dog killer to replace McNaab, he fumbled an easy handoff and gave the ball back to Dallas in good field position. That brought PETA members everywhere to their feet, celebrating in jubilation.

The bottom line here is simple. Like them or not, the Cowboys showed they could win a playoff game with Philips as coach and Romo as QB. The big thing that makes them so dangerous from here on out is their defense. They are creating better situations for Romo (and the entire offense) to capitalize on, by shutting down the opposition and causing turnovers.

Whoever they get next week had better be ready to play, unless they want to be watching the rest of the games on TV.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Another Blast From The Past

There's nothing like a little reality check, now and then. There's nothing like someone reminding you that you aren't getting younger.

So.....I will warn you now, this week's music post might make some of the fine PYY readers feel a bit older. It's not too late to turn back. But if you do, you may miss some good music that permeated the airwaves back in history.

As I consider what defines a "golden oldie", I can only conclude it all comes down to the individual. If you asked me and I had to make a call for the good of the team, I'd would say 20 years has always been as good of a gauge as any. It's not that important, I know. But we are just having a little fun here, right?

Well, one week ago as the ball dropped, an entirely new group of oldies was commissioned. Here are a few you might remember from 1990.

This one was a one hit wonder. It's classy European beat mixed well with a distinct 60s flair, I always enjoyed hearing this one:

Her raspy Tina Turner like vocals got her this gig and many songs after. I hadn't heard of her until she came out with this sassy, vibrant song:

For the male side of the raspy cigarette soaked voice, we have an old rock and roller (who has always been able to put together a good performance in each of his four decades, of his star-studded career). Here is a classic 1990 remake of a 1966 Isley Brothers hit, see if you remember it:


Friday, January 08, 2010

Math Made Easy

Math wasn't my favorite subject. But let's have some fun with numbers anyway, shall we?

(All of these numbers are coming from TV Newser.)

On JANUARY 12, 2007, here were the cable news ratings:

FNC GRETA 1,473,000
FNC BRIT HUME 1,319,000
FNC SHEP 1,315,000
CNN DOBBS 1,106,000
CNN COOPER 658,000
CNN ZAHN 611,000,
KING 544,000

On MARCH 26, 2009:

FOXNEWS BECK 2,374,000
FOXNEWS SHEP 1,888,000
CNNHN GRACE 1,300,000
MSNBC MADDOW 1,208,000
CNN KING 1,144,000
CNN COOPER 1,118,000

Wednesday - JANUARY 6, 2010:

FOXNEWS BECK 2,609,000
FOXNEWS SHEP 2,005,000
CNN KING 656,000
CNN COOPER 590,000

X=the difference of like items + or -. Your assignment is to solve for X.

Try as they may, the leftist networks cannot stop the bleeding.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

More Moonbat Conspiracy

I have said it before and I will say it again. Whoever coined the word "moonbat" deserves royalties.

Got a few minutes? Give a listen to this snippet from the John Gibson Show. I lifted it from I Hate The Media, who lifted it from Olbermann Watch. (We all need uplifted now and then.)

These moonbats think we are paranoid because we believe more attacks are imminent. But when an attack occurs, can you see who starts spinning outrageous theories? These asinine belief systems come from those who might meet the DSM-IV criteria for Paranoid Personality Disorder, or some thought disorder that requires anti-psychotics just to be able to start therapy.

This is precisely why I will not even watch Olbermann doing Sunday Night football pre-game. He is a certifiable idiot.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

On Notice

It's time to put our leadership in Washington on notice. I do not know who put this video together, but it is powerful and I recommend everyone watch it:

Because this leadership has failed the American people so miserably, PYY will be posting an ongoing series called "On Notice". Each post will highlight a member of Congress who is up for re-election that deserves to be fired by his/her constituency.

The next installment will feature my senator who is up for re-election in 2010, Sen. Evan Bayh. I know someone from his office has read this blog before, maybe they will soon get the message that his days are numbered.

Rise up America, the new year is here. The time to replace the incumbents is at hand. We can sit back, talk about it, gripe about it, or we can DO something about it.

Pelosi Inference: Obama Lied (A Lot)

Yesterday, the big story was C-SPAN's interest in carrying the final health care negotiations on live TV for the public to see. Brian Lamb even sent a very respectful letter, communicating this desire. After all, when the President was a candidate, he did say that he wanted this to become a reality:

Well, today there is a new angle to this story. The question of Mr. Obama's promise was raised again to Madame Speaker. Take a listen:

Her response: “There are a number of things he was for on the campaign trail."

Translation: We always lie when we are campaigning. We do that so you will elect us and we can do what we please when we get into office. Don't you peasants understand this?

Folks, this is it. It's showtime. Time to put up or shut up. If we do not take back this nation from those who seek to run into the ground while rubbing our faces in it, we will be leaving our children a country that they will desperately seek to flee.

Monday, January 04, 2010


Much was said locally and nationally about the Colts' decision to lay down last week against the Jets, and to some degree this past week against the Bills. But as we succumb to the meaningless opinions from the sports pundits, let's consider the Patriots' plight yesterday.

NE lost more than the meaningless game they were in. Welker left the game with a knee injury. So, I guess time will tell what his status will be come next week against the Ravens. But more than this, it shows why some organizations are not willing to risk everything for goals that may or may not be attainable....or for something that returns little if anything at all.

Philadelphia controlled their own destiny yesterday. They did not lay down but they lost control and failed to clinch. I am glad, because I want Favre to get some rest before hitting the field again and this allows Minnesota a bye.

Much was and will be said about the Arizona-Green Bay game. The Cardinals laid down because they had nothing of any real value to gain or lose, once Minnesota won. The Bengals laid down against the Jets, as well. The Jets don't deserve to be there because in one sense, they had it handed to them.

Yesterday I heard many of the pundits say that by laying down in a game in which the team would face the other again next week, the team that lost would lose the upper hand next week when it mattered most. Arizona and Cincinnati now have quality tape to review, because you know both teams had to show their cards to wallop the other as bad as they did.

Anyway, for better or worse the teams are now set. Only the strong will survive from here on. There will be no more laying down or the team that does will be laying down on their couches watching the rest of the playoffs.

Addendum: Just so Rocket doesn't threaten to take his business elsewhere, SD beat Washington with their subs, in what was a meaningless game for both teams. Zorn is history, Skins fans can only hope that someone can be hired to manage the talent that has underachieved so much, so often. It will have to be someone that can handle crybabies like Albert Haynesworth, who makes millions and still cannot get along with people.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Sunday Comfort: Obama On The Job

After one week and one day, President Obama has finally seen enough evidence to make a determination that apparently, Al-Qaeda is behind the attempted (but failed) Christmas Day bombing plot.

An al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen apparently ordered the Christmas Day plot against a U.S. airliner, training and arming the 23-year-old Nigerian man accused in the failed bombing, President Barack Obama said Saturday.

"This is not the first time this group has targeted us," Obama said, reporting on some of the findings of an administration review into how intelligence agencies failed to prevent Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from boarding Detroit-bound Northwest Flight 253.

I don't know about you all, but I am so glad that President Obama is on the job in Hawaii. He is spending lots of time on the golf course thinking about who could have done such a dastardly thing last week, has now finally put it all together, and is willing to share it with us.

In the second paragraph of the referenced article, you will note his willingness to take the time to teach us about the history of this group of mean people. I am glad that we can now know and understand more about them, that they have tried this kind of thing before.

What a wise and insightful teacher this man is. What a leader.

Alright, enough sarcasm for a minute.

People should be very alarmed at the weakness that is now on display in Washington DC. The other thing to consider is, with that weakness comes a glut of incompetence and condescension as well.

While treating us like idiots, by insinuating that the masses cannot remember Al-Qaeda doing these kinds of things before, they are treating us like children. It's like when you are 40 years old and you have retired parents (with nothing to do but criticize) trying to tell you how to raise your kids and run your life. Between golf games at the country club and lodge meetings at the Elks, they never miss an opportunity to tell you something you already know.

Never mind that you have made a success of yourself, all by yourself. You are still an idiot child, in their eyes.

In other words, this administration isn't much different. The rest of us, including HuffPo had this one figured out on December 28. But they they had a hot tip to get it right, Al-Qaeda (themselves) claimed responsibility and made it easier for them to go out on a limb. (I guess Obama didn't want to rush to judgment and wanted to give them every benefit of the doubt.)

In another world and time, the leadership wasn't in it over their heads. They made mistakes, but they still had a grasp of things and didn't act like the American people were irresponsible children, not fully capable of understanding the bigger picture. They may have stayed quiet, but it wasn't because they failed to grasp the gravity of the situation.

This leadership hasn't got a clue, what to do, or when to do it when they do know.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Another Blast From The Past

Welcome to the first post of the new year/decade here at PYY. It just so happens that it's Saturday, which means the weekly music post.

In keeping with the spirit of the "New Year", I thought we'd check out some great songs performed by "NEW Riders of the Purple Sage". For those of you who aren't familiar with them, they were a spin-off from the Grateful Dead.

Up first is a tune about what the Indians used to call "firewater":

This one was originally released by the Stones as a parody of the "crying in your beer" sub-genre of C&W. These guys do a great job covering:

Here's a slower one, for all you slow dancers out there:

This one is from 1973, one that most will recognize when they hear it. It was their best known and the one that put them on the FM map:

Enjoy and continue to stay safe.