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Monday, October 31, 2005

Dissenting Opinion

I was going to just post this in the comments under your post, Pete, but that wouldn't do it enough justice.


There. Read his profile for yourself, from the BBC.

You guys need to do a little research before you start preaching about the "militant conservatives" and the "religious right." In case you don't follow this link (which you won't, because it contains information that does not include "religious right" and "George Bush is evil"), here are some of his important decisions:

-Police v City of Newark, 1999; the opinion he drafted ruled that Muslim police officers in Newark could keep their beards for religious reasons

-Fatin v INS, 1993; he joined the majority in backing the right of an Iranian woman to seek asylum on grounds of fear of persecution for her gender and feminist ideas

-The Pitt News v Pappert, 2004; he backed the right of student newspapers to carry alcohol adverts as a matter of free speech.

-ACLU v Schundler, 1998; he ruled that a public display of a creche and menorah did not violate prohibitions on government endorsement of religion because it also included non-religious symbols including Frosty the Snowman.

What a psycho, right-winged, militant hate-monger who hates women's and minorities' rights!
If I were a betting man, I would guess that you guys and your crazy reaction is stemming from his dissention in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. He was the only dissenter in a case that struck down a Pennsylvania law that required a woman to *notify* (important--not "seek permission") their husband before performing an abortion. Now, if you take the time to read just what I wrote there, I can kind of see where the hysteria comes from. However, that is unfair. He wrote that many potential reasons for an abortion, such as "economic constraints, future plans, or the husband's previously expressed opposition...may be obviated by discussion prior to abortion."

Now, I don't care what your ideology is. If you cannot recognize that this is a rational thought process, and not some "militant" ideologue writing in this dissention, then you need to step back, take a deep breath, and calm down. You can disagree with it, but to say that it is "extreme right" is irresponsible. I know that it is unfathomable that someone could possibly think about the father's rights, but, you know, this psycho sure did!

However, he has voted in favor of abortion rights, as well. In 2000, he was among the judges that ruled that a New Jersey law banning late-term abortion is unconstitutional.

This is a quote again from the BBC article:

"Timothy Lewis, a former appellate court judge who served with Mr. Alito and differs with him ideologically, told AP news agency he thought he would make a good Supreme Court justice.

"'There is nobody that I believe would give my case a more fair and balanced treatment,' he said."

For perspective on Timothy Lewis, his biography is here. This guy has worked to abolish the death penalty, worked against racial profiling with Amnesty International, worked with plaintiffs in major employee discrimination cases, etc. Pretty, quote-unquote, "liberal" causes. For someone like this to come out and say what he said should calm you guys down a little bit. Along with his previous rulings as stated above, I think that Pete and npgage's posts were typical knee-jerk, reactionary politics.

Is all this to say that he's not conservative? No. But it is totally unfair for you guys to just throw up whatever you want to say about this guy, and then hope it sticks. If you're going to freak out about this so much, show me why.

And as far as Bush "dividing America"--wouldn't you say that America was pretty damned divided in 2000? Was that Bush's fault? No. But here's the thing that you guys are missing--Supreme Court nominations were a *huge* part of Bush's campaign, and he promised to elevate a "strict constructionalist." Well, guess what? 53% of the country voted for Bush. That's a majority, last I checked, and he is following through with his promise.

The biggest reason that I'm writing this novella is because, although I do appreciate Pete specifically leaving me out of his generalization in the original post, I get so furious when, because Bush put up someone who interprets the law more literally from the Constitution (as opposed to the "spirit" of the law), he is in the "back pocket" of the "religious right."

Just like the crazy socialists that run the far left of the liberal movement, the religious right does the same in the conservative movement. That's the way it is. The far, far left and the far, far right get way too much air time these days, and no doubt play a role in the policy direction of both parties. But there is a hell of a lot more to conservative ideology than being "pro-life." There are an awful lot of conservatives--including yours truly--that have a libertarian view of abortion, and believe that government should just stay the hell out of personal decisions such as that.

One last thing--just because someone may be for overturning Roe v. Wade, does not mean that they are anti-abortion. Supposedly, Alito believes that Roe v. Wade should be overturned. However, as stated above, further research turns up that he has been on the side of abortion, as well. Many constitutional law scholars, on both sides of the ideological isle, believe that Roe v. Wade is a very poorly decided case. And, coincidentally, even if Roe v. Wade were overturned, it really does not matter because of other precedent-setting cases, such as Planned Parenthood v. Casey. And, to point out just one more time, Alito was not dissenting from abortion--he was simply on the side of established state law, a state law that seems totally rational to me. Justice O'Connor voted on the side of Planned Parenthood, because she believes that there should be no "undue burden" on women seeking abortion. But to say that someone does not believe that notifying the husband that got the woman who is seeking an abortion pregnant is an "undue burden" is some crazy, right-winged ideologue is not justifiable.

Thank you, and good night!

UPDATE: Power Line (which in my opinion is probably the leading blog in conservative thinking) put this up regarding Alito's dissent in the Planned Parenthood case. It is saying basically what I am saying above, but written by a lawyer, and written much better. You can read the entire post they had on Alito here.

If you are an abortion opponent and read Alito's dissent, you will likely be disappointed. It is technical and dispassionate; the issue on which Alito differed with his colleagues was whether the notification requirement constituted an "undue burden" on the right to abortion, under the Supreme Court's jurisprudence as it then existed. The opinion conveys no hint of Alito's own views on the topic of abortion, or even of his opinion as to how (if at all) the Constitution should bear on the subject of abortion. Rather, and somewhat ironically, his dissent is an effort to follow the twists and turns of Justice O'Connor's various opinions on the topic of "undue burden," and apply them to the record before him. The most one can fairly say, I think, is that Judge Alito's dissent in Casey does not evince any reflexive hostility to restrictions on abortion, and does reflect what most conservatives would regard as an appropriate deference to the legislature's role as arbiter of public policy. Anyone looking for the sort of fiery language that sometimes enlivens, say, Janice Rogers Brown's opinions, will be disappointed.

Turn Back the Clock time

Kudos to The Royal Bush for his nomination of a guy nicknamed, "Scalia Lite". There is exactly a .001 percent chance that the clock on my cell phone will not automatically set itself, a la Daylight Savings Time, back 50 years if this guy gets pushed through.

A shrewd political move, no doubt, by the Prez to appease the last faction of human existence in the world that still supports him not named Shearer, the religious right.

Officially, I will be hoarding booze, porn, "The Origin of Species," and rock music in a time capsule until further notice.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Hot new party game

If you've not been drunk around me in the past month, I have to let you in on the hottest new party game of the year...Inappropriate Threesomes. Very simple and there are no losers. Only rule is there have to be representatives of each gender in said threesome. Other than that, players alternate spouting out the names of three people that normally would not be sexually associated. Example: Freddie Prinze, Jr., Harriet Meiers, and Barry Alvarez. See, funny as shit.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Almost there....

The counter on this illustrious website is about to hit 10,000, and byt the time many of you read this post, it will be there.

So I would just like to take a minute to thank the 10 people who browse this website for each looking at it 1000 times.

Friday, October 28, 2005

College Basketball Poll

UPDATE: AHHHHHHHH!!!!! I don't know how I forgot about this, but Kentucky is playing at Kansas this year!!! Anyone interested in going, please let me know. I would give my right arm to go to this game--anyone with any sort of ticket hookup, also, PLEASE let me know.

ESPN/USA Today Preseason Top 25 is out today.

1. Duke (28)
3. Texas (2)
4. 'Nova (1)
5. Michigan State
6. Oklahoma
7. Gonzaga
8. Loserville
9. Arizona
11. Boston College
12. Memphis
13. Stanford
14. Alabama
15. W. Virginia
16. Syracuse
17. Illinois
18. UCLA
19. Wake
20. Iowa
21. Maryland
22. Indiana
23. Iowa State
24. George Washington
25. Nevada

Any thoughts? Mine are: Gonzaga is overrated, big-time (weird); Kentucky should be between #6-8, but it is all relative (as they are much better than the 'Zags, and I would give them the edge right now to Loserville); Oklahoma might be a bit too high; Memphis is rated WAY too high; Michigan State is finally receiving some well-deserved credit in a pre-season poll; Villinova is rated WAY, WAY too high, considering they lost their best player for (likely) the year.

Funny Headline

From CNN.com:

Police: Winning lottery ticket purchased with stolen credit card

The lady won $1 million, and will lose it if convicted. How's THAT for karma?


I was just wondering what music you guys are listening to right now. I'm currently listening to The Fray: How to Save a Life, Death Cab: Plans, Dangerdoom, and the itunes original Ben Folds CD. What am I missing out on?
P.S. I decided to go as a priest for Halloween. Hee Hee.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Put it on the board!!!

The long wait is over and it is sweeter than I imagined. Even the north side had pockets of celebration in the minutes following the game. "Let's go White Sox..." resonated out of a bar on Belmont, cars hauling huge Sox banners honked their way up Irving Park, fireworks went off here and there, and even the Red Line Stop at Addison seemed to have a buzz to it. Eventhough the sox may be the bastard son of Chicago, it would appear that the city is elated to have a champion again.

It is actually amusing because when Sarah decided Chicago was where she wanted to go to school, I joked that it would be okay because when the sox finally made their big playoff push I would be in town to enjoy it. I can't believe it actually happened.

I am 1-0 in moving to a city and winning a world series.

Congratulations Sox!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

I don't mean to brag, but uh...

"I can honestly see a sweep--and God, I hope so."--GA Hill, October 22nd, 2005

Well, it is the wrong team, but Chicago FINALLY has a World Series Championship.

Napa, I am genuinely happy for you--you've been hardcore for the Sox ever since we met in 8th Grade. And I am happy for the city of Chicago.

Other than that, this World Series did not happen. You hear me??? Did not happen.

I look forward to read what Napa throws up here when he sobers up. Have fun!

UPDATE: By the way, I am kidding, I actually predicted the Sox in 5. I'm only sweet, not really sweet. Just kidding again, the reason for the update is because I just saw in iTunes that there is a new Old 97's live album, 30 songs, $9.99! I know that Pete and Colin would be interested in this, in particular.

A little history...

Taken from Mental Floss magazine:

"While you're no doubt familiar with today's freeway-adjacent, miniature golf montrosities, you should know they're nothing like their predecessors. In the early 20th centruy, "garden golf" was introduced by professional golfers looking for a way to replicated the sport on a smaller scale. In other words, they played on real grass with real putters.

"Later, the game added artificial turf, a few bumpers here and there, and volia! Suddenly, putter-wielding Americans everywhere had mini-golf fever. In the 1920s, roughly 30,000 miniature courses opened, with 150 rooftop courses cropping up in New York City alone. But when the Depression hit, expensive upkeep spelled trouble for the sport.

"To survive, entrepreneurs resorted to building what were known as "Rinkiedink" courses. Far from the games swank beginnings, these 'greens' were populated with ingeniously inexpensive obstacles such as old tires, wagon wheels, rusty stove pipes, and rain gutters. (Ed. Note: We're talking to you, Jerrytown!)

"Amazingly, the cheapo approach paid off. Today, some 50,000 mini-golf courses later, children (Ed. Note: or dudes in their mid-20's) continue to relish in the only birthday-party locale alternative to McDonald's, bowling alleys, and skating rinks."

So the question remains: who else wants in on the Heavy Soul Garden Golf & Cigar Club located on a rooftop downtown Omaha?

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Welcome to the South Side!

The fun never ends with White Sox fans, does it? Headline from ESPN.com:

Guillen apologizes after Sox fan slaps Biggio's wife

Again, the best possible outcome of this World Series is for the earth to open up during one of these games, and swallow the stadium with everyone in it whole.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Back to A.J.

I was just looking through the rest of those pictures that had Pierzynski without a wedding ring. Click "next photo" three times. The picture is entitled "Sure A.J just buy the whole tray...you make the big bucks playing in the MLB. And then squirt whipped cream all over my friends and try to lick it off them..SUCH a charmer you are!!"

I wonder if his wonderful wife Lisa enjoyed this photo as much as I did? What a scumbag!

Friday, October 21, 2005

World Series prediction

I know predictions aren't worth a hill of beans when they come from fans , but for it is worth, here here is my WS prediction.

Eventhough I think the Sox would have matched up better against the Cards, I think they will still beat the Astros. I think it'll be the Sox in five. They'll lose game three to Oswalt

What does everyone else think?

That's it!

I have been more than generous with my ESPN Insider account. In fact, I think it is safe to say that 25-50 people use it. I know that there are math nerds in Chicago using it right now that I have never even met.

Somewhere along the line, someone changed my personalized teams that show up along the side of ESPN.com with scores and stories about said teams, all awaiting my reading. Now, the North Texas pick is funny. I enjoy that one. But whoever put Michigan on there can go to hell.

If you don't like reading about Nebraska, Kentucky, the Cubs, Bears, and Bulls, pay your own $4.95 a month (includes a subscription to ESPN The Magazine!).

Thursday, October 20, 2005

A Man Of Unwavering Moral Standards

A.J. Pierzynski! I know, I couldn't believe it either. I mean, everybody thinks this guy is a slimeball and a cheat. That's crazy talk. The guy is "married [to] Lisa," according to his White Sox biography. It's the first thing in his bio! He wouldn't do anything to his wife, Lisa! He's a stand up...whoops! I guess the guy really *is* a cheat! Take a look at this photoblog of some bartender chick:


A.J., something is missing from that left ring finger, buddy!

Courtesy of our friends over at Fire Joe Morgan.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


I cannot remember who posted on this originally (Napa?), but I want to see that "It's Always Sunny in Philidelphia" show. I got on FX's website, and did not see it anywhere on their schedule. The show still has a site on FX's home page, so I assume it is not cancelled.

Anyways, any help as to when this show is on would be appreciated.

**Unrelated note, but I saw Joe Jirardi got hired as the Marlins' manager. I am very jealous of the Marlins right now. I think he will be a fantastic manager.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Celebrity Spotting

Did anyone else just receive a text message from the Big Boi saying that he just saw Bill Walton in the Omaha airport? Which don't get me wrong, is completely awesome, I love that goofy bastard...basically just because everyone else hates him.

Back to the subject: I want to create a new rule that all of us must follow.

Celebrity spotting is awesome, and its even better to have the luxury of text messaging people when you do see someone to increase your level of coolness. However, your not doing it true justice without including a camera phone picture attatched to the text message. So from now on I am imposing a rule amongst all Heavy Souler's....all celebrity spottings must include a picture.

So Big Boi, please chase the 6'11 redhead down and snap a pic with that fancy treo of yours.

Fantasy Help

Prior to this week I only knew of three possible places to be at in Fantasy Football. The first having a shitty draft and knowing from the get go that you will be making trades just to stay afloat on a week to week basis. The second is having a injury prone team, this by far was the most help feeling in the FF world. The last and the one that I myself am not too familiar with is the cleaning house team, where it does not matter who the opponent is you have the team that does not stumble. I have got a new one to add "The What The F Team". Six weeks into the season, we are second in the Power Ranking, second in points scored, first in average points a week, but ranked fucking 5th out of ten teams with a not too scary .500 record. I am in a league that averages 95 to 110 points needed to win a game, and I always seem to go against the running back who in one week accounts for 55 points (see Shawn Alexander last week and LT week three.) Twice I have been the second highest points for the week and lost both games, toss in a third highest points for a loss and it is completely out of control. Absolutely Amazing.

A New Low...

If you haven't watched the tv show Freddie yet, you need to do it immediately. From the opening minutes of the pilot that featured Freddie himself doing a Christopher Walken impression to every scene with Brian Austin-Green. This show is a keeper. It actually makes Joey look cleverly written.

In short, it was like a bad accident I couldn't avert my eyes from. Can't wait for this week's episode.

Some Things Are Just Funnier When On Paper

Please, just take a second and click on this link. It is the lyrics to one of the great rap songs ever, "Method Man."

That song just sounds so raw and perfect when you listen to it. However, when you sit there and read it, it may just be the funniest and most ridiculous thing you've ever seen.

Monday, October 17, 2005


First of all, is that a word?

Secondly, I am going to have to disagree with Napa's prior post, and felt it was an important enough issue that should not just be a comment. I watched the ALCS in Wrigleyville Friday night, and in Lincoln Park Saturday night at two different sports bars. Both of the bars I was in were very positive toward the White Sox, as are most of the Cubs fans I know of. Granted there were four or five idiots in each bar, but for the most part everything seems to be overwhelmingly supportive in Chicago right now.

Really, Cubs fans just like to get drunk. This is just a good excuse to get drunk during the week when usually we can only get drunk respectably while watching football games on the weekend.

I will agree with one thing. I wish it was getting more press that Dusty and the entire Cubs coaching staff is coming back next year. How is it possible that someone isn't getting fired for that train wreck.

The First Annual Heavy Soul Day Cruise

In keeping with the times, I figured we might as well organize a sex cruise for all of the hard working individuals here at Heavy Soul. Therefore, I booked a one day charter on the Belle of Brownville for Saturday, October 29. The boat will push off from the River Front Pier in Carter Lake, IA and proceed all the way down to Plattsmouth and back again. The first hour on the boat will consist of a cocktail/oral sex hour, at which time strippers will be available for your servicing pleasure. After cocktails we will move on to the Cocaine/Orgy main course. Make sure to be in close proximity to your friends while you punish two or more strippers at the same time. Finally, the desert course of anal sex, douple penetration, and filling all of a stripper's orifices with sex toys will round out the day (KY Jelly will be provided). Make sure to tip the Captain and crew so that they don't report us to the local authorities. Also, we should be back in time for the Oklahoma game, so no worries. I need Heavy Soul members to RSVP by Sunday, October 23 so that I can arrange for the right number of strippers.

-The Vikings are the dumbest assholes to ever grace this planet. An organized sex cruise? Who the fuck thinks of these things?

Sunday, October 16, 2005

poor cubs fans

I am getting a huge kick out of the cubs fans in this city -- they are so bitter that the Sox are doing well. I was in a bar last night and there were cubs fans rooting against the sox. I wonder who they will cheer for if the Sox play the Cards in the series. I actually read a letter to the editor in the Tribune that said the coverage of the white sox was "over-the-top" and that the tribune should be designating one column a day to the progress of the renovation project at Wrigley. The guy was also pissed that Dusty's contract extension wasn't given more press. I don't know about anyone else, but I know I would much rather read about construction projects than a team who hasn't been in the series for more than 40
years. I didn't see the name on the bottom of the letter but I think the last name may have been Shearer.

go sox

Isn't it ironic...

A qualified crony of the president denies that Miers is an unqualified crony of the president....


Friday, October 14, 2005

Official Heavy Soul Cornhusker Watching Party!

For all our committed and dear readers, Heavy Soul is having a Husker-Baylor viewing party this weekend in Omaha! That's right! Come hang out with the Heavy Soulers at.....uh......

What's everybody doing for the game?

greatest ebay posting ever


Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Magic's New DVD

Has anyone else seen the commercial for Magic Fundamentals? Its a set of basketball teaching dvd's. I don't know why I get so excited when I see this commercial or the one for Harold Reynold's dvds, but I seriously want to buy both just to watch. Magic's dvd has him, Kareem, Amare Stoudamire, Rip Hamilton, and a few other guys. Those marketing guys really know how to market these instructional videos to no-talent hacks like me. Sorry if this seems choppy, I'm posting from my phone during class. Mortgages suck!

More College Bomb News

Does anyone perhaps see a pattern forming here? Here's the latest:

Oklahoma Bombing (see below; plus, mainstream media finally waking up--if the CBS News blog counts--here).

Bomb detonated in commons area at UCLA.

A "terrorist act" at Georgia Tech dorms.

I think this is a frightening trend. Especially considering just about everyone that contributes and reads this blog has some sort of campus connection--whether they still be in school, go to colleges recruiting, have a family member going to school, etc.

I am trying extremely hard not to be a crazy conspiracy theorist, but three different bombs on three different college campuses within roughly a week should not be written off as simple coincidence. It is no secret that extremist groups (specifically Al Quaeda) recruit young people--is it possible that there is a recruitment push on college campuses? I certainly believe so. I hope Homeland Security is looking into this--I understand that the info I found took the effort of looking at a news website, but I think they have it in them.

Apparently CNN doesn't.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Funniest Fake Headline Ever

From SportsPickle.com:

Rams Tell Make-A-Wish Foundation They Can No Longer Let Mike Martz Coach

UPDATE: Ugg. Talk about tasteless timing. Apparently Martz left the team indefinately today due to some heart ailment. Uh, sorry. GA HILL

Stop Continental Drift!

An update on the cause, by Joe Michie:

Holly Cow, We've done it. We've put the cause of Stopping Continental Drift on the map.
Saturday night Cougar and I went to a Death Cab for Cutie concert (they are a indie band starting to make it big thanks to the OC and Wedding Crashers playing their music).
Afterward we walked into Sancho's Broken Arrow, a hippie themed bar on Colfax. The opening band, Youth Group walks in and we recognize the lead singer because of his huge fro. They are an up and coming band and this is the largest venue they've played, but they are really popular in Australia where they are from. We some how start doing shots with the whole band. They were crazy.
I was wearing my STOP CONTINENTAL DRIFT shirt. They asked me what that was about. I told them that if we reversed continental drift Australia would be closer and they wouldn't have to fly everywhere on their tour. I also said that deer and kangaroos would start mating then. They really liked the idea of brining the continents together and said that would be a good idea for a song or album artwork.
Well I check out their website today, and they wrote about the experience in their on-line journal. CHECK IT OUT: http://www.livejournal.com/~drpat/

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Double Stomach Punch

Anyone else load up on Texas Tech at -4?

Friday, October 07, 2005


Just wanted to give a quick congrats to Napa on the Pale Hose total domination of Boston. Hopefully they'll win the entire thing so that the Cubs hurt that much more.

I'm sure you have...

LOL at this quote by Roger Clemens after getting destroyed last night:

"I've given up some home runs, I'm sure, in my career."

Roger Clemens has given up 347 career home runs,

Thursday, October 06, 2005

on lighter note...

This maybe the oddest headline and deck I have ever read on CNN.com:

Prosthetic Testicles Fix Fixed Dogs

BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- Gregg Miller mortgaged his home and maxed out his credit cards to mass produce his invention -- prosthetic testicles for neutered dogs.

The rest of the article was really bad and didn't answer any of my questions, such as why the hell does a dog need prosthetic testicles? And, is there really a market for these faux testicles?

Anyway, thought the headline was humorous at least.


How many times is Bush going to give the same speach? I don't know if you all caught his speach this morning. It was supposed to be one of his speaches where he goes into "great detail" on the operation in Iraq, and instead it turned into one of his usual talk for "twenty mintutes don't say shit" speaches. You could have played this mornings speach 4 years ago and nearly the all the information would have been relevant.

A few things that I noticed about the speech:

- Fours years later, he still refers to 9/11 numerous to justify his actions. Can someone remind me again what the Iraq war has to do with 9/11.

- He said "the United States will not distinguish between the terrorists, and the countries that harbor them." Now, he said this exact thing in one of his first speaches after 9/11. Correct me if I am wrong, but weren't alot of the terrorists involved 9/11 from Saudi Arabia? Also, there are terrorists found in all corners of the world, and it would seem that we are only focusing on Iraq and to some extent Afghanistan. Don't get me wrong, I know that we can't spread ourselves to thin working around the globe, but at least stop strutting around like we are taking such huge actions to punish other terrorist-harboring countries when we are very clearly letting certain countries have a pass.

- He always says that people who are against the war want the US to pull out of Iraq, and then goes into length about having to "stay the course" and "remain steadfast in determination." To me this is a cop out. It is obvious that we can't just pull out, but by taking it to the extreme and defending the reasons we have to stay there he avoids having to actually give any details about how the US ever plans to leave. Besides, not everyone who is against the war wants a complete pull out, many just want some truth about the situation and a tiny piece of hope that the man in charge actually has a plan.

- Lastly, Bush had a couple of mentions of religious persecution as a reason to fight the "war on terror". It seems funny to me that a man who makes a mjority of his decisions based on Christianity, with no regard for a country comprised of people with suposed multi-religous backgrounds can point fingers at religious persecutors.

Well, that's all I have for now. Just please remember, like Bush always says: "Being president is hard work", "The world is a safer place with Saddam Huesein behind bars" , "We must have resolve" , and "We will win the war on terror." "God bless."

Don't mess with Texas!

More on the Oklahoma bombing...

I don't know why this story isn't getting more national publicity--nor do I know if any the contributors/readers of this site care. Why people don't care more about this story is really beyond me--I guess, perhaps, because there is still a pretty big lack of definitive facts out there as of yet.

Anyways, here is a very good, very factual round-up of what has been reported so far, as well as a Google satellite map of campus, highlighted with important places in this story.

All I know is that there are a whole lot of Oklahoma fans that should be thanking their lucky stars--the more that comes out, the ever more apparent it is that this was not just a simple suicide.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Best Day...Ever?!?

For those of you whose time I have wasted complaining about my iPod/computer situation, fruition has come forth!

For those who don't know--my iPod's hard drive crashed, and Best Buy would not replace it. I have been apart from my precious, precious iPod for 27 days now.

In the meantime, I would just plug my headphones in my computer that had all the music in it and listen to that. Well, one night, the computer was on the floor, and a big 'ol glass of water hovered above it on a dresser. Well (in typical GA Hill fashion), in the middle of the night, I hit the glass of water and, naturally, it went directly into my computer. I mean, the floor wasn't even wet, it was that direct of a shot.

Needless to say, I was distraught. 5,000 songs, right down the drain.

Well, good news, friends! I got a replacement for my laptop this morning (and the new laptop is roughly 1,000X better than the old one), and all the songs were on there! They survived! And not 20 minutes later, I got a call from Best Buy informing me that my iPod is in!

Cue the Kook and the Gang "Celebration," bitches!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Here's what I can't decide?

The new selection for the Supreme Court is one of the two following things:

1. A center of the road pick that can prevent the nation and the Senate from becoming further divided by attempting to put forward a controversial pick.


2. The sneakiest thing Bush has done yet....picking a justice that he knows more about than anyone. Someone that has done most of their work for a White House that most likely will not release any documentation.

I guess I'm not really full of trust.

Theory on the Oklahoma "suicide" bomb

This is pretty conspiracy-theorist, but interesting none the less. I do think it is incredibly interesting that there has been so little written about this. I mean, a guy with a bomb strapped on his back, apparently going towards a football stadium with 84,000 fans in it, is simply just "troubled" and it was strictly a suicide?

Anyways, I'll bold the important facts of this blog entry--the rest of it is a bit of a reach, perhaps. I have never read anything on this blog, but saw a link to it concerning the Oklahoma deal.


University of Oklahoma President David Boren seems determined to have everybody believe Joel Henry Hinrichs III was merely a disturbed young man who decided to commit suicide by blowing himself up within 100 yards of a stadium containing 84,000 screaming fans of Sooner football.Sorry, I don't buy it, at least not yet. Here's why: First, The Daily Oklahoman is reporting authorities found a large cache of bomb-making materials in Hinrichs' apartment. The cache is so big that the Oklahoman reported one of the officials on the scene estimated a full 24 hours would be required to cart away all of the material.Suicide victims don't normally accumulate a large amount of bomb-making material in their homes. People intent on blowing up other people do.Second, the proximity to the stadium suggests Hinrichs' target was the crowd, perhaps as people were leaving the game. But being an OU student, he presumably would have access to the student seating section and could have gone from that area to anywhere else in the crowd he chose.What better place to detonate a bomb guaranteed to both kill and maim many, as well as incite terror and possibly a stampede that would kill and injure more people? My guess is Hinrichs was kept from reaching his target by a premature detonation. Add the proximty of the Micro-Biology building and you may have the potential for a kind of bio-bomb that could have guaranteed utter chaos in and around the stadium.Third, why was Boren sufficiently familiar with Hinrichs to so quickly issue an opinion about his motive in the bombing? When he resigned in November 1994 as an Oklahoma senator, Boren was chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He left the Senate just after the Democrats lost their majority in the GOP sweep of 1994.Add to his Senate years the presence of an active and long-established Muslim student presence on the OU campus stemming in great part from the school's excellent Petroleum Engineering program, and it stands to reason that Boren has been privy to intelligence briefings as head of the school. He almost certainly has maintained excellent contacts within the U.S. intelligence community made during his tenure as chairman of the Senate committee. Is that how he knew so quickly of Hinrichs?Fourth, in one of the photos appearing in the media, Hinrichs appears to have a fresh beard, which is characteristic of new Muslim male converts. His father told The Oklahoman his son was a quiet, intellectual type, but he had no idea what might have incited him to take his own life. We can only assume the father also didn't know of the bomb-making material in his son's apartment. Perhaps we are dealing with a recent or a secret convert?Finally, if Hinrichs was just a disturbed guy who decided to kill himself with a bomb 100 yards from a crowd of 84,000 people instead of simply putting a bullet through his temple, slashing his wrists or some other traditional way of doing away with himself, why is the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force now the lead agency in the investigation?Go here to read the latest dispatch from The Oklahoman.

Who is this bitch?

I'm fed up with George W. Bush. He announced he was going to replace Honey Bunny with the White House's legal counsel Harriet Miers. For those of you who haven't been reading up on this, Miers has absolutely no judicial background. Here's what she has done in her illustrious career: she was Bush's personal lawyer, the head of the Texas lottery, White House Staff Secretary, and White House Legal Counsel.

Wow! She is really qualified to determine caselaw for this country. I'm sure running a lottery really gives you a great insight into how to settle cases dealing with due process and equal protection rights, both of which are going to be of huge significance in the coming years, particularly as to gay and lesbian rights. This is just Bush putting one of his friends into a prominant place of power again. We all know how well Bush's friend Mike Brown (FEMA Director) did at his post. Every single one of my law school professors that I've talk to thinks this is the crappiest pick they have ever seen. They think Bush is trying to raise his approval rating by nominating someone safe, someone who nobody knows anything about.

Bush shouldn't even be happy with this pick because he has no idea which way she is going to vote on the court. Every nominee changes when they reach the highest court of the land. Souter was conservative when Reagan appointed him, and now he's one of the most liberal judges on the court. Scalia was a relative moderate in the appellate court and now he's the most conservative man in the world. All I'm saying is that she could end up being anything once she reaches the court. She says she's a strict constructionist now, but who knows. I think I'm a strict constructionist, but if I was on the Supreme Court, could I stop myself from creating new powers for the government and myself? I don't know. Hopefully, she won't get past the Senate.

P.S. Thanks Fuhrer, for giving me my administrative access back. You censoring dick.

New Quote

I was just wondering if we could change the quote on the side. Since I still don't have administrative access after der fuhrer removed most of my liberties during the summer, I can't change it. Don't get me wrong, the current quote was funny back in 1987 when it was originally put on here, but times they are a changin. I vote for the quote from the basketball coach from Teen Wolf:
"I have three rules which I live by: Never get less than 12 hours sleep, never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city, and never go near a lady with a tattoo of a dagger on her hand. Now you stick with that, and everything else is cream cheese."

An oldy, but a classic.
What do you guys think the new quote should be?

Monday, October 03, 2005

All right, I'll ask

Just throwing it out here looking for opinions:

Can the Huskers win the Big 12 North?

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