Monthly Archives: May 2011

Gas Prices

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Here is an article on MSN.com giving reasons why we should all love paying $5.00 for a gallon of gas. None of the stated reasons are remotely good enough to justify paying that much for gas. Fewer deaths on the road? I am not sure how believable that is.  Shorter security lines at the airport? Who cares? No more wars? More exercise? If you really think higher gas prices will end wars then you are very naive. And if you think high gas prices are going to spark Americans to get healthier and walk everywhere you must not know that many Americans. The only thing high gas prices will do is force Americans to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles. The Saudi king wants gas prices to go down because he fears that the higher they stay, the quicker Americans will develop alternative energy sources. Even if gas prices do drop, we should still rush to develop alternative energy sources because that will help free us from having to depend on other nations for oil. We get our oil from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Iraq. Granted these are not the only countries that we do business with, but these countries are not exactly our allies. The various political protests going on in Middle Eastern countries causes gas prices to go up. It is not smart for America to depend on nations who do not have stable governments for something that we need every single day.

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Bravo Barry

Barry Bonds = cheating juice head. Above are two pictures that show his physical transformation from when he joined the San Fransisco Giants and his physique the during the last 5 years of his career. Essentially any media coverage surrounding Bonds in the last decade has painted him as a juiced up cheater who hated doing interviews and was jerk to everyone. These things are true – he did do steroids which is technically cheating (under the current MLB rules) and he did hate speaking to the media and was a jerk most of the time. Today news came out that Barry will pay Bryan Stow’s children’s college bills. Bryan Stow is the San Fransisco Giants fan who got brutally beaten outside of Los Angels Dodgers Stadium and has been in a coma for the last two months. Stow is also an EMT & a single father. Apparently Bonds’ contribution occurred when he visited Stow last month but nothing was said about it. I personally do not care that Bonds did steroids, or anyone from that era did steroids. It was not illegal then. Owners knew what was going on. Should he have just came out and admitted it? Certainly. No matter what you think of Bonds, a gesture such as this shows that he is not as self-centered as he is often portrayed. People will have a much tougher time hating him if he continues to do things such as this.

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Caylee Anthony Case Begins

On the plane ride home from vacation I was able to watch some of the opening statements from both the prosecution and the defense in the death penalty case involving Casey Anthony and her deceased daughter, Caylee Anthony. Caylee, nearly 3 years old, was missing for 31 days in 2008 and eventually found months later in a wooded area less than a mile from her grandparents house with duct tape and chloroform traces on her mouth. It was once reported on CNN.com back in 2009 that the duct tape was placed after decomposition began to take place, however that has not been stated in court yet. Casey and Caylee lived at Casey’s parent’s house for a period of time before Caylee went missing. There are some crazy stories unfolding in this case and essentially all of the major evidence points towards Casey Anthony killing her daughter. During the 31 day period that Caylee was initially missing, her mother tried hiding it by lying and saying she was with the nanny who does not even exist. She was also photographed partying and even got a new tattoo that says “beautiful life” in Italian. That does not exactly sound like the behavior of a mother whose child is missing. They also found internet searches on her computer for information about chloroform. The defense is saying that Caylee drown in her pool and the reason for Casey was hiding it stems from various family problems. They stated how Casey was raped by her father since the age of 8 and always taught to hide it. He cited an example of when her father made her perform oral sex on him at the age of 13 and then she went to school right after as if nothing happened. They also stated how her brother often tried to rape her but was not successful, however the FBI did test him to see if he could have been Caylee’s father. He did not deny that there was a possibility he might be. They also said that Casey was forced to hide her pregnancy until she was nearly 8 months pregnant. There is simply too many twists and turns in this case. What I do find pretty obvious is that no matter how horrific Casey’s childhood may have been, it does not justify her killing her daughter. I am not saying she definitely did, but if I was to bet on it – she did. Does she deserve the death penalty? I think so. Is she sick in the head? Absolutely. Should her mother, father, and brother be put to death as well? If what the defense is saying is true, yes. I do not understand how her father could sit in court with a straight face while the defense paints the picture of him putting his penis in his daughter’s mouth. If he didn’t do it, I would think his reaction would be a lot different from what it was. One thing is clear, this family can make almost any family feel normal.

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Ray Ray

Here is a video of Ray Lewis’ interview with Sal Paolantonio that aired on ESPN this past weekend. I will start by saying that I admire Ray and the work he does within the community. I also admire the way he flat-out brings it every single time he straps pads on. Every time he is on television he is so intense that it makes you feel like you are watching a wrestling superstar put on an act, not an NFL superstar. Anyway, the statement he made saying crime will increase if there is no NFL season because people live through NFL players is a little absurd. I get what he is saying – the NFL preoccupies a lot of people on Sundays so perhaps they are less inclined to go out and partake in criminal activities when their team is playing. If you put it into perspective, the NFL gives fans something to do 1 day out of the week, usually for 5 hours if you watch a game plus some highlights. Does that really significantly reduce the crime rate? Probably not. I doubt there are thugs out there who say “man I’d love to go hold up the gas station with you, but the Ravens are on at 4:30pm and they are playing the Steelers so maybe next week.” I like how he plans on giving back to the less fortunate during the current lockout, and certainly more players should follow in his footsteps. Whether players like it or not they are role models to a lot of people. Another player who is spending his free time wisely is Denver Broncos’ safety David Bruton. In an article on Yahoo!.com Bruton explains how he has been substitute teaching at his former high school in Ohio to keep busy. He makes $90.00 per day, and he obviously is not doing it for the money. It is important to realize that Bruton also graduated from Notre Dame. The current lockout should send a message to all current NFL players and NCAA players – finish your education. Troy Polamalu recently went back to USC to finish his degree. Hopefully more players begin to realize that they cannot put all of their hopes and dreams into the NFL. The fact that it is a high impact sport with a good chance of getting seriously injured should make these athletes realize that they are going to need an education to fall back on when their body, or their bosses, fail them.

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Back to Work…

I haven’t written an entry in a few days because I was on a mini vacation to Jupiter, Florida. It was the first time I have flown since I was a child and things went surprisingly smoothly. I certainly did not expect it to go that well but I was very relieved. One thing I realized while laying in a hammock before dinner on the final night was that time goes too quickly, and if you are anything like me you don’t stop to smell the roses enough. I was laying there thinking about rushing up to the room to change and go eat and then I asked myself why? It’s 6:00pm and there is still all night left. I realized that I do not “live in the moment” enough and my mind is often preoccupied with things that are going to be happening, thus taking for granted what is happening now. I’m going to try to change that, and if you can relate then perhaps you should try to make a change as well.

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R.I.P. Macho Man Randy Savage

Well, we all knew this day was coming. Macho Man Randy Savage died today in a car crash. He was driving his Jeep when he suffered a heart attack and swerved into oncoming traffic, eventually hitting a tree. He was 58 years old. He was one of wrestling’s greatest entertainers. Unfortunately like many wrestlers, he battled with drug addiction/steroid abuse. It is pretty shocking that he did live to be 58 years old considering those circumstances. Below is a video of him on cocaine, or so it claims. If he is not on some type of drugs in this video, he is a damn good actor.

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Hey Arnold!@#$

I can’t help but laugh at Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent divorce from his wife. It was announced this week that the meathead ex-governor of California is going through a divorce with his wife after he confessed to fathering a child with one of the maids who clean their house. The somewhat funny part is the fact that this happened 14 years ago. Apparently the child even visited the house on occasion, and the maid was pregnant the same time his wife was pregnant. It must have been quite a sight for him to be sitting home watching television with his pregnant wife while his pregnant maid cleaned the house. The maid was also married at the time, so I wonder if her husband actually thought the child was his at some point. This is not the first time Arnold has been in hot water when it comes to infidelity and womanizing. He has also been accused of groping female members of his staff while he was in office.

I do not find it to be such a big deal that he is a habitual groper/womanizer. There are countless statistics on the percentage of men and women that commit adultery in some shape or form. I personally think that it is naive of us to think that we are monogamous creatures. It is natural for humans to have multiple sex partners through out their lives, and unnatural to only have one. The difference is the marriage aspect. When you make a vow to be with one person for the rest of your life, you should be honorable enough to uphold that vow. If you cannot then you should not get married. Schwarzenegger is certainly not the first politician to go through something like this, and certainly will not be the last. What I do not understand is how these men rely on their reputation to build their career and still try to hide their dirty little secrets. As a politician you are expected to have morals, yet so many of them throw away everything they have worked for because they cannot remain faithful. I know that the number of men who are unfaithful in relationships is greater than the number of women who are unfaithful, but I feel like women get off easy in that aspect. There are plenty of women who go out and cheat on their spouse while their spouse is remaining faithful. Marriage is pointless if both people have to struggle to fight the urge to commit adultery. Oscar Wilde said it best, “They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever.”

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