Friday, April 30, 2010

Ron Johnson running for US Senate

As it was reported by WisPolitics yesterday, Oshkosh businessman Ron Johnson plans to run for the GOP nomination to run against Russ Feingold in the fall. While I admit that I don't know everything about him, what I do know makes me feel that he's exactly what we need.

Johnson is the owner of PACUR inc., an Oshkosh based manufacturer of polyester and plastic products, and the founder of the Oshkosh Tea Party. His conservative ideals were brought to the forefront in a recent article in the Oshkosh Northwestern where Johnson was quoted as saying, "This is the greatest country on Earth and we are lurching towards socialism and that doesn't work. What does work is free markets." A conservative with strong interests in education will be the perfect option.

Unfortunately, Johnson faces a rough uphill battle. Thanks to Tommy dragging his feet, Johnson hasn't had the opportunity to get his name out there. I mentioned that earlier, but Tommy holding up the entire GOP side is not what we needed. Johnson also faces a hard challenge in the name recognition battle. EVERYONE in Wisconsin knows Dick Leinenkugel just because of his family business. That will be a huge obstacle for Johnson to overcome due to the electorate's tendency to vote for names over substance.

Still, if he can get a good team together, dump massive amounts of money on TV and radio ads, and press the flesh in as many towns as possible, I think that Johnson could unseat Feingold this fall. Here's to hoping!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Do they still play the blues in Chicago?

"When the snow melts away, do the Cubbies still play in their ivy-covered burial ground?" - Steve Goodman, "A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request"

I know that the season is almost a month old and I haven't said anything about the boys in blue yet, but there are several reasons for that. The NHL playoffs, the political junkie in me, and my offline life are just a few of the reasons I haven't gotten around to the Cubs. However, the biggest reason is, I just can't get real excited about this team right now. Yes, Marlon Byrd has exceeded all expectations so far and, thanks to a sweep of the Brewers, the Cubs are hanging right around .500 which is all you can ask for from April. Still, I just don't see much that gets me thinking that this year will be any better than past years.

I agree that the ownership change is a big reason that not a whole lot was done in the off-season, but that shouldn't be an excuse for the entire season. I'm starting to think that we are going to slip back into the mentality of the '80's. The whole, "Wrigley will sell out no matter what, so why try" mentality could easily return. I'm not saying that it will, but when you try so hard (thanks Mr. Hendry) and spend so much money and nothing really come from it besides a few division championships, you have to wonder if Jim Hendry will stop trying.

On a related note, the no trade clauses need to stop. There's nothing like handcuffing team development because some whiny 'superstar' is paranoid that he may be sent to Pittsburgh, Kansas City, or some other last place team. I'm not going to turn this into a bashfest, but the Cubs wouldn't have had to toss Zambrano to the pen if there wasn't a no trade clause in his contract. He would have been moved in the off-season. How many more "arm cramps" will we fans have to endure?

"When I was a boy they were my pride and joy, but now they only bring fatigue. To the home of the brave, the land of the free, and the doormat of the National League."

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Time to embrace the internationalness!

Well now. There's been so much talk recently about how the US isn't very internationally minded. How we should be more like the other enlightened nations. Arizona's new immigration law is seen by many as an indication of this. Well, I think that those folks may be on to something. Maybe we should be more like our neighbors. Ah, but there's a caveat...

"A penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of three hundred to five thousand [dollars] will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally."

Foreigners with legal immigration problems may be deported...instead of being imprisoned.

Foreigners who "attempt against national sovereignty or security" will be deported.

A [naturalized citizen] who marries a foreigner with the sole objective of helping the foreigner live in the country is subject to up to five years in prison.

Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison

Wow! Can you imagine the ACLU's reaction if we were to impose laws this strict? You would hear nothing but outrage for WEEKS!

Thing is, these laws are currently on the books...In Mexico. That's right, the nation that screams at the US for it's immigration policies has, in some cases, even more strict rules.

Is there something evil about our government trying to maintain some control over how many people flood into our nation? I think not. Granted, a VAST majority of the illegal immigrants want nothing more than to scrape out a better life than they had in their home country. It's that small minority however that makes strict laws necessary. That small minority that has no intention of living on the good side of the law. If I have to choose between a bit of 'racial profiling' and a tsunami of illegals that have only harm on their minds, you know how I'll choose.

Oh, by the way...To all those that scream "racial profiling!" in cases like this, when you say that we are all "White, well to do, conservative radicals", congratulations! You just racially profiled us.

(Above examples - "Mexico's Glass House," Center for Security Policy Occasional Paper, April 3, 2006)

WHEW!

Ok, so it took six games and the boys having to seriously buckle down and put the screws to the 'Lanche, but they did it. Yes, you can say that it wouldn't have been that bad if it wasn't for a couple of fluky goals. I say that at least one should have never happened. Three OT games? Seriously? Yes, I know that the Avalanche are a decent young team that will be a force in the next few years, but come on! There's no way that those games should have been that close. Craig Anderson is decent, but he's not the kind of goaltender that can steal a game. At least he shouldn't be. Game three was all Anderson. You could even argue that game one he stole too. The best thing that you can take away from round one is that the scoring is coming from outside the top line. The Pride of Plover Wisconsin, Joe Pavelski, has 5 goals in 6 games. Classic.

Now, on to round two. Every other series is 3-2 as I write this (Phoenix leads Detroit 1-0 in the first period of game 6), so if you project the series leaders advancing, the second round will be Chicago Vs. Vancouver and the Sharks Vs. Detroit. Ugh. The history between the Sharks and the 'Wings isn't the greatest. The 'Wings lead overall two series to one. The one, any Sharks fans will know, is the huge upset in the 1993-94 season. The last time they met was during the 2006-07 season where the Sharks never scored more than two goals in any game. Yes, both the Sharks and Detroit are vastly different teams than they were then, but the fact that Detroit is on a huge roll going into the playoffs is not a good omen for San Jose.

If the Sharks have any chance of advancing, they need to do the little things. Work hard every shift, get pucks to the net, annoy the living hell out of Jimmy Howard, and generally outwork the 'Wings. Detroit will be ready to play. The Sharks better be too. I'm getting a little tired of all these seasons of high expectations, great regular seasons, and tanking (no pun intended) in the playoffs. Come on boys. Get 'em!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Mixed feelings

If you've followed the blog for a while or know me, I'm a weather geek. I love severe storms. There is nothing I like more than a severe weather outbreak. That being said, as I sit here watching live coverage from ABC 33/40 from Birmingham, Alabama, and knowing what is in store for those folks, I wish that it wasn't happening.

It's still very early, but by the time it's all said and done, this will probably go down as one of the worst tornado outbreaks in the deep south in many, many years. If nobody is seriously injured or killed, it will be a major miracle. What is making this worse is the fact that this weekend is the NASCAR race in Talladega. Every weekend, many people camp out at the tracks for these races. Emergency shelters have been opened by Talladega County emergency managers, but I am unsure whether they have enough room for everyone.

As a student of history and weather history, this will be a day for the record books. I just wish that it wouldn't be happening to an area of the country that is historically poorer than the rest of the nation. If you are a religious person, please keep the deep south in your prayers today...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

This IS a Christian nation

Well, the vitriolic hatred that the left has for Sarah Palin has reared it's ugly head again. The problem is, this time it makes them look even more foolish than usual.

It all began with Palin's comments in Louisville on Friday, April 16th. As expected, the libtards began screaming their collective heads off. The only problem is, the United States is a Christian nation. According to the CIA's 2007 estimates, 76% of Americans identify themselves as one of the main branches of Christianity. The rest of the world's major religions makes up around 4% of the population, with around 15% claiming no religion or no affiliation. We are a nation of Christians that allows all religions.

I can hear you now..."That's not what she meant and you know it!!" I know what you are thinking of. Problem is, what you think is not the truth. I will be fighting this one until the day I die. NOWHERE in the first amendment are the words 'separation of church and state'. Go ahead. Take a look. I'll wait.

See? The actual text is as follows: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." So, as you can see, the only thing that the founders wanted to prevent was the United States either becoming a theocracy or promoting one religion over another. Which is why that the narrow minded ruling by a liberal, activist judge claiming that the national day of prayer is unconstitutional grinds my gears so much. The national day of prayer was not a command. There never was anyone saying who you had to pray to. The far left liberals could have prayed to Obama. Nobody would have cared. All it is is a call to the people to remember our religious foundations. It's these same anti-religious zealots that make such a stink every year at Christmas. What is so wrong about a city hall somewhere putting up a few Santa pictures? If you ask most Christians, Santa has as much to do with the real Christmas as a silly rabbit has to do with Easter.

Despite what the liberals may think and say, this is a nation of Christians founded by deeply religious Christians. Where we differ from other countries is that we allow anyone to worship however they wish. That also includes not worshiping at all. Show me a country on this planet where religious minorities have the protections and freedoms they enjoy here. You won't find one.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A part of every Georger has died...

Earlier this week, my daughter brought home one of these. I will admit that, only mostly joking, I looked for little, tiny shreds of serial numbers and EMS marks.

Although I understand the recycling movement (despite opposing most of it), do we really need to turn everything into something else? What really concerns me is that, contrary to public opinion and the generic reference, our money is not paper. It is a unique blend of fibers making it closer to linen than paper. Do we really need counterfeiters being able to figure out what that blend is and make ultra high quality counterfeit notes?

The real issue I have with these pencils is the vast amount of EMS'ed bills that could be in there! I know that notes do wear down over time. With this new product, however, I have to wonder how many notes that just a few years ago would have been sent back out are now ending up in these pencils. Are the days of 6, 7, 8, and 9 hitters over? Are the days of the long soak sleepers over? The mind reels.

So, what are we Georgers to do? Short of a mass raid of the Fed by legions of people with Palette ink stained fingers hell bent on liberating all the bills, I'm not sure there's anything we can do. Damn you Al Gore and your Global Warming recycling nonsense! I WANT HITS!!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Quick hits

Just a few interesting things I ran across recently...


I'm not sure what's more embarrassing...Saying you had to close down your police department or having one guy that can go around and say, "I AM the PD!"


Wow...I'm not sure where to go with this one. I guess I should say a tiger never changes his stripes and move on...


Although it would be hard to find anything scarier than an unlicensed dentist operating out of a two room office between a metal scrapping business and an auto body yard, the fact that when officers arrived, there were FIVE people waiting for 'service'. Yikes.


Maybe the food was better. Maybe he was looking for cleaner air. Personally I believe the 6 kids finally drove him to go! :D


Please tell me I'm not the only one that's more than a little shocked that thing is still standing!

Why can't we all be 7 years old?

I took my kids to Frame Park in Waukesha earlier today. Aside from the fact that I'm still amazed at how different my kids are (daughter is a major social butterfly and my son will be content with imaginary play by himself for hours), what really gets me every time on how quickly my daughter makes friends where ever we go. The truly fascinating part is how socially blind she is. She will play and make 'friends' (friends we may never see again) with girls, boys, black, white, brown, yellow, green, blue...whatever. I would like to take some credit for that, but I know that the greatest part of it is she doesn't care. If they are nice, she likes them. If they are mean, she doesn't.

When and where did we lose that? I know I am not perfect, but there are others who see nothing but the outside. Why? Why can't we all go back to the attitude that my 7 year old has? Where did the distrust of anything different supersede all other attitudes?

I am by no means a bleeding heart liberal, but I think we all can agree that judging someone based solely on the color of their skin and not the content of their character is the way to enlightenment. Not everyone will agree about theology, political views, personal beliefs of all types, and social statuses, but can't we finally get passed skin color? It's so arbitrary.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tommy Thompson MORE MORE MORE!!!

Well, as I sit here writing, our dear former governor, Tommy Thompson, sits at home deciding if he wants to run for Senate against Russ "I'm a maverick...no, really...stop laughing!" Feingold.
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Honestly, this is not a bad idea. Feingold needs to go. The Republicans really have nobody else that is strong enough who is willing to run. Sure, you can say that Tommy's policies weren't the most fiscally conservative, but you can't argue that the good he did (School choice, Wisconsin Works, BadgerCare) outweigh the bad. Yea, he's not the perfect candidate, but I will be the first in line to vote for him.

But there's a problem. His family. You know that things are bad when your own family is leaking stories to the media trying to convince you not to run. Tommy will turn 69 shortly after the election. His family is not thrilled to go through another statewide election. I can't say I blame them. A statewide campaign is a huge undertaking.

Still, there's still a lot of love for Tommy here. Even without the Republican revolution that seems to be coming, I can easily see Tommy getting 50.1% or more of the vote. The biggest reason why is that he was what the Constitution had in mind...A government of the people. That's why Tommy was always good for the goofy soundbite. He was a ordinary man from blue collar roots who spoke from the heart. Did he make mistakes? Sure. He's human. Did he honestly do what he felt was right and what the people of Wisconsin wanted? Sure. Will he continue to do that in the Senate. Absolutely.

Will he run or won't he? Nobody really knows. One thing I do know is this; if he convinces his family to let him run, it will be for only one term. I cannot see his family allowing this to go on again in six years. Unless the Paul Ryan for President groundswell keeps rolling. How about an all-Wisconsin ticket...Ryan/Thompson 2012? Hmmm....

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

No Nukes! No Nukes!

President Obama's nuclear summit is in full swing, and the snubs are a flying. I do understand that there are protocols and politics when you have a meeting at this level, but that is not what this post is about.

Before I begin, I have to say a few things. I am far from a Barack Obama fan. I cannot stand his policies, nor can I stand the fumbles he has made politically abroad. That said, I do admire his effort in this. Nuclear weapons, both A bombs and H bombs, are right near the top of the list of things the world would be better off if they were never invented, right behind New Coke and Crystal Pepsi. Where this summit loses credibility however, is the list of nations who are not here.

Israel - In this case, I'm not sure if the president was arrogant or merely stupid. You can't smack a proud group of people around diplomatically as he as done in the past few months and expect them to show up for your round of holy pictures. Besides, it's the world's worst kept secret where most, if not all, of Israel's nuclear capability has come from. It was 6-5 and pick 'em whether the Israelis were going to come anyway, now they have a legitimate, albeit not the real, reason to stay home.

North Korea and Iran - Two more nations that are notable for not even being invited. I will discuss them together as the reasons are similar. The White House claims that, due to their non proliferation violations, neither country were going to be invited. In my opinion, that is a huge reason for them to be here. Those two countries do not have the fear of the bomb that the rest of the nuclear nations do. They will continue to advance their technology to the point that they can build any device they want. Also, if the price is right, they will have no problems selling ready made devices to the highest bidders. Having leaders from those two nations in the same room with all the other nuclear powers to hear other opinions may have had an effect on their policies. We will never know now though. Thankfully China seems to, at least publicly, want to work with the United States to keep Iran and North Korea in line. I understand North Korea, as China has had them on a fairly short leash for a while now, but how would China have any influence over Iran at all? UN sanctions? Yea, like that works.

Another aim of these talks, some would say the primary aim, is to control readily fissionable material. There are reports that there is enough plutonium and highly-enriched uranium around the world to build 120,000 nuclear weapons. Again, another admirable goal on paper. When you consider that the average plutonium core for a nuclear weapon averages 5kg (approx. 11lbs), it wouldn't be hard to hide/smuggle enough for a bomb or two to radical groups. How can you stop it all? Yes, controls over production, transport, and distribution of fissionable materials are very good in most of the nuclear nations. It's the ones that don't have good records or control that are going to be a problem.

While the intent of the summit is good, I feel that this is nothing more than a feel good exercise for the president after the bloody battle he just fought over health care.

Monday, April 12, 2010

2009-10 NHL Playoff Preview

Well, the second season of the 2009-10 NHL campaign is upon us. I guess I'll toss my two cents (1% of a Tom) in. The problem is, I have a bit of a split personality when it comes to sports. My head and my heart often have two very different opinions of the same thing. So, in that spirit, I will give both versions of the same series. Shal we begin at the beginning?

Western Conference

#1 San Jose Sharks Vs. #8 Colorado Avalanche

Heart: SWEEP BABY!!!!!!

Head: Honestly, there was no better matchup in the first round for the Sharks than the Avalanche. Colorado's young team took advantage of the rest of the Western Conference's inability to make a run at the playoffs. The Sharks have talent to spare and should breeze through this matchup...except for one thing. Over the last two seasons, the Sharks have had a knack for going into a cruise control mentality inn situations where they feel that they should win easily. The tale of this series will be in games 1 and 2. If the Sharks don't put the screws to the Avalanche early on, they could be on a collision course with another early exit.

#2 Chicago Blackhawks Vs. #7 Nashville Predators

Heart: Preds shock the hockey world with a win in 7.

Head : On paper, this looks to be a no-brainer. However, as they say, games are rarely played on paper. The problem for the 'Hawks will be in the net. Cristobal Huet is quickly becoming the NHL's answer to Penn and Teller...Making his talent disappear while making people laugh. Antti Niemi's numbers and play have been more than enough to take the 'Hawks to a division championship, but the playoffs are a completely different animal. If the rookie can't adjust, it could be very rocky. That dark cloud does have a silver lining for Chicago. The 'Hawks have more than enough talent to overcome the goaltending issues and win shootouts. Unfortunately for Nashville, I don't think they have enough goalscoring to match up with Chicago. The 'Hawks advance, but if they get a bad matchup in the second round, it very well could be an early exit for them.

#3 Vancouver Canucks Vs. #6 Los Angeles Kings

Heart: It doesn't matter as long as it goes 7, bloody games!

Head: If we are going to see an upset, this will probably be it. Yes, the Canucks have the Sedins and Roberto Luongo is one of the NHL's elite netminders, but the playoffs are all about the production from the 3rd and 4th lines. When you have a defenseman tied for 7th on your team in goals scored for the regular season (Christian Ehrhoff with 14) it could spell trouble in the post season. The Kings, if they want to pull off the upset, are going to need an epic performance from Jonathan Quick and their defense. If these games stay low scoring, the Kings have a shot. If not, it may be an early trip to the golf course for the LA boys.

#4 Phoenix Coyotes Vs. #5 Detroit Red Wings

Heart: Phoenix in 7 bloody overtime games!

Head: The Coyotes are in the playoffs simply because of the stellar play of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Career highs in games played, wins, GAA, shutouts and second best save percentage helped Bryzgalov carry Phoenix to a #4 seed and a mere 6 points from a division championship. Out of all the matchups that the Coyotes could have had, probably the worst one for them was the one they got. No team has more post season experience over the last several years than Detroit. Combine that with their 8-1-1 run to end the regular season, and the Wings are poised to do what they do every year; make a deep run into the playoffs. The one upside for Phoenix is that this is the first time since 1997-98 that the Red Wings have ended the regular season without a 30 goal scorer. If the Coyotes can sneak a few past Jimmy Howard and keep Bryzgalov hot, they may have a chance to advance.

Eastern Conference

#1 Washington Capitals Vs. #8 Montreal Canadiens

Heart: Caps all the way!

Head: This series is the exception that proves the rule. The Caps have too much for Montreal to overcome. Yea, the Habs may steal a game, probably in Montreal, but there's not going to be a whole lot of doubt how this series will turn out. The only objective that Montreal should have in this series is to not embarrass themselves.

#2 New Jersey Devils Vs. #7 Philadelphia Flyers

Heart: Devils in 4! YEA!

Head: The Devils are probably the only team in the East, possibly in the NHL, that have a chance to take out Washington. Jacques Lemaire's defensive scheme, Martin Brodeur the goaltending cyborg, and the offense of Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk will combine to make the Devils an almost unstoppable force. The Flyers do have enough to take a game or two, but there's no way they put together enough to beat the Devils four times.

#3 Buffalo Sabres Vs. #6 Boston Bruins

Heart: Who cares? The matchup of the loser to either New Jersey or Washington in the second round.

Head: Buffalo will need to be more than Ryan Miller if they want to advance. While they have plenty of depth (4 20 goal scorers and a total of 12 with at least 10) what Buffalo seems to lack is that one superstar that can take the team on his back offensively and lead them to the promised land. Boston's struggles to even make the playoffs could be the spark they need to give Buffalo a run. The only issue there is, where's the offense going to come from? Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas have been a remarkable tandem in net but, even though I love the guy, Marco Sturm leading the team with 22 goals isn't quite what you want to put fear in your opponent. This series will go as the first game goes. If Buffalo comes out strong and dominates, it will be a short season for Boston. If it's a back and forth affair, it will be a long, toss up series.

#4 Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. #5 Ottawa Senators

Heart: Penguins roll! The Igloo will see some more playoff hockey!

Head: Oh the East. Only in the NHL can a team like the Penguins end up a #4 seed. Once again it will be Sidney Vs. the World. The only problem with placing all of your hopes on the back of one player is that if your opponent can shut down your star, you could be in trouble. For the Penguins, that is a whole lot of trouble. If you remove Crosby from their team, Pittsburgh becomes remarkably average. 3 20 goal scorers, a defense that even with Crosby can only produce a +/- leader at a +7, and Marc-Andre Fleury having his worst season statistically since 2006-07 leaves you with a team that would be lucky to be in the playoffs. Will somebody shut down Crosby in the playoffs? Probably. Will it be Ottawa? Very unlikely.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Civic duty? What's that?

I'm always a little amazed, and more than a little saddened, when I hear the turnouts for the smaller elections. I'm sure that most of you had no idea that we here in SE Wisconsin had an election this last Tuesday. Granted, most of the ballot was for local, mostly unopposed, races, but the ones that were contested were the ones that have the most day to day impact on people's lives.

Sure, the national ones are important and that governing often trickles down to the people, but when I hear people complain about education in this country and find out that they are the same people who don't go out and vote for the school board elections, I just have to shake my head. If you really want to affect things, the small, local elections are the best way to go. Even if you are new to the political process, it isn't too hard to find out about the candidates. Most of these smaller races are between real people, not career politicians. They also would love to hear from voters and have a chance to share their views. With just two phone calls, you can have a clear picture of the debate and should be able to make a good decision on who to vote for. Sadly though, this is largely not done.

This is why when I hear a story like that out of Pewaukee, where some polling places ran out of ballots, I smile. Yes it was an inconvenience. Yes I know they had a hotly contested mayoral race. Still, when you have a huge turnout for an off year spring election, I'm always elated. I really don't, despite what I may joke about, enjoy the fact that my vote counts for 10, 11, or even 12 other people.

I have made this point on several other occasions, but it still irks me. How is it we can have tens of millions of people who vote for American Idol, but a fraction of that who vote for local elections? Could it be that picking up a phone is easier than driving to a polling place? Surely we Americans haven't become that lazy. Could it be lack of awareness? This is probably more likely. Unless you are a listener to talk radio, you probably have no idea when the smaller elections are. There's plenty of blame to go around for that. Sure, they could do a better job of announcing them, but if more people were paying attention, the advertising wouldn't be as important.

Is there an answer? Probably not. If we made the voting process easier, there would be more fraud than there already is. There will always be a percentage of people who either don't care (they are all crooks and liers anyway) or are unable to get to the polls for whatever reason. Still, I can't understand why a majority of us can't be bothered to stand up for themselves by voting. Is it apathy or ignorance? More than likely both.

The quest for a better dining experience

Before I start, I have to say that none of the following is a paid advertisement. Why would anyone pay for me to say anything? :)

I'm a foodie. I can't help it. I enjoy food way too much. Unfortunately, one of my weaknesses is for authentic, ethnic food. Being an American makes this very difficult. Everything has been "Americanized". While that is OK if you understand that this has never, nor will never, show up on the table of a real Mexican family, but if you are looking for food that is eaten by people in those other countries, your choices are few and far between.

The same can be said for any fast food. That is why I was so pleasantly surprised yesterday evening. I don't get to eat out much, but when I do, it usually has to be fairly kid friendly. If the kids won't eat, what's the point? Last night, however, I was in an unusual position. I only had to feed myself. I was finally able to satisfy my curiosity and get myself some Qdoba. I have to say, they are probably the perfect marriage of fast and authentic that you probably will get. Their Ancho Chile BBQ Burrito is amazing. Proper rice, black beans, and the chicken properly seasoned. It has plenty of spice, but without sacrificing the flavor. It's not hot for the sake of being hot. The heat comes from the flavor. Come hungry though. Not since the Appleton La Bamba have I had one burrito that made a meal for me.

I'm afraid I'm hooked. Solid, real Mexican cuisine fast? Put a Qdoba on one side of my home and a Round Table on the other, and I would never cook again! (OK, maybe not...I love to cook too much!)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Like a Phoenix....Rising from Arizona...

OK, I know it's been several months and the three readers I had have probably gone the way of the dodo (but I'm glad to see the spammers made several visits!), but when things go kerflewy in real life the digital life often has to be pared down a bit. Now that things have leveled out some, I can get back to things here. This return post will be a big grab bag of things so please bear with me.

San Jose Sharks: 2009-10 Pacific Division Champs Pardon me if I don't get as excited about this as I probably should. This is the third straight year that my beloved Sharks have won the division. We all know how the last two have turned out. Last night's game against Vancouver makes me hopeful and nervous all at the same time. On one hand, it was nice to see the boys sticking up for each other on the eve of the playoffs. On the other, three 10 minute misconducts in the third shows a lack of discipline that is more than a little disturbing.

ObamaCare I will probably touch more on this in the near future. I'm not sure what I can say that hasn't already been said by now, but the biggest question I have is this: If this bill was so vital to the interests of the nation, why are we going to have to wait until 2014 for the first benefits to be paid out? There are reports out now that customer service lines at insurance companies and doctor's offices are already being flooded with people wanting to know how they sign up. If the general public wasn't pissed before, once they learn that they will be paying for 4 years before the first benefit is paid out, they will be.

Climb on the Peace Train Once again Diamond Jim and Mayor Barrett are Wisconsin's answer to Admiral Nelson ("I really do not see the signal") with their pushing of the "Half Fast" train to Madison despite a large and vocal opposition. I'm sure that given enough time to think about it, I could come up with several, well thought out responses to the train. Instead, I will let Owen over at Boots and Sabers do it for me.

Sounds good in theory I got to work a bit early last night so I wandered over to the gas station near the building I was working at. For the first time I encountered the talking pedestrian crossing switch. Now, I do agree that this is a pretty decent idea on paper. Problem is, the volume is so low and the quality of the audio so poor, that I had a hard time hearing it over the traffic. Oh well, there's a point in the life of everything that works where it didn't work.

There's always next year 1-3 after 4 games. A manager who says it's not his fault...the players didn't play. Yea, this is going to be a fun year....

Mr. Ryan go to Washington! I will expand on this in the future, but I have to say now that, while we love you here in Wisconsin Paul, I think we would be better served if you were in that great, bleached house in DC.

I wish I could make promises as to the amount of content that will be on here, but at this point I can't. Things are still WAY too much up in the air for me to know if I can stay with this or not. Keep in touch though!