See you in a couple weeks, few thousand km, and several dozen beer.
I may have abandoned this blog, but I still use the sidebar and archives.
"He's a JP who hates gays, but we made him perform our ceremony anyway to keep his job, after we threatened human rights action. Good times!"
Gene Healy on his vacation in Scotland:
Quite by accident (visiting the city museum) we stumbled upon Adam Smith's grave at the church across the street. Appropriately, there was a crumpled McDonald's wrapper on top of it.
I generally have a tough time getting too worked up media bias (or about anything, for that matter). But could the folks at Yahoo! really not think of a third answer for this poll?
Gary Bettman? Uh, sure.
So, I hear there's going to be NHL hockey next season! For this I am glad. I suspect I'll be getting back to my old routines as a Flames fan, although I can't be sure. I think the new CBA is bad for just about everyone, but it was a voluntary agreement, so they can live with it.
The economic situation also means that revenue sharing makes no sense for the NHL. With no league-wide source of revenue independent of individual teams and their fans (that is, a television contract) to share, such a system would amount simply to redistributing money from the rich teams' fans to the poor teams' players. You'll need one hell of a PR firm to spin that to positive.
Well, working, actually, although that's never stopped me from posting before. Two weeks of nothing! Shame on me. Thanks for all your cards and letters asking me to return, by the way. Jerks. I'll have comments on the NHL resolution shortly.
Some quick housekeeping - I've added a few more excellent sites to the blogroll. Welcome to Billy Beck and to the Bear & Friends. I snicker at bloggers who describe themselves as libertarian, but Mr. Beck is quite obviously the real deal. The folks at Blank Out Times are both prolific and interesting.
"We're not prepared to live with the current system. We think the current system is fatally flawed. We want it fixed. We know what the problems are, and we know how to fix it... We have a fundamentally different vision for the future of this game. I think we speak for the game because the types of concerns that the fans have are the very types of concerns that we're trying to address with getting a new system... we're asking people, our fans, to be patient with us with the assurance that we will make things right." - Gary Bettman
Gary Bettman won and it's time to deliver on those assurances. Bettman made promises to the fans if they supported him through this fight. They did, and he won. They supported him because they believed in his vision, a vision that supposedly assured the health of the league for the long term. The players offered a band-aid, a short term fix. Bettman rejected it and blew off the year to fix the game for all time, or at least for the next ten or fifteen years.
No apologies are required. All Gary has to do is deliver on the promised utopia. He said he knew how to fix all the game's ills and promised to make everything right. He proved he has the power to get his own way. It's time to shut up and put up the Gary Bettman hockey league. It had better be great.
I haven't thought too deeply about all possible contenders, but what Roger Clemens is doing right now, 4 weeks shy of his 43rd birthday, is nothing short of astounding.
"The only place you can find a Main Street these days is in Disneyland," Hank once said. "And just try to buy a gun there."
North Carolina's two-term Democratic governor, Mike Easley, is so obsessed with the show that he instructs his pollster to separate the state's voters into those who watch King of the Hill and those who don't so he can find out whether his arguments on social and economic issues are making sense to the sitcom's fans.
"This is only the second show that's a comedy about the South -- this and Andy Griffith -- that doesn't make fun of Southerners"
...despite decent ratings, Fox has been buying fewer episodes and shifting its time slot, and there are rumors that the network may want to substitute yet another new reality show in its place. This is odd: after all, there is more reality about American life in five minutes of ''King of the Hill'' than in a full season of watching Paris Hilton prance around a farm in high heels.
When Peggy tells him he'll look like a racist for snubbing his Laotian neighbor, Hank replies, "What the hell kind of country is this where I can only hate a man if he's white?"