Veterans Day Tidbits – November 11, 2013

Today is Veterans Day.  Of course, it all started with the guns falling silent on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.  Woodrow Wilson had this to say about that solemn occasion:

To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.

Here’s my thing about Veterans Day.  There is no inherent greatness for being a veteran.  Throughout our history, we’ve seen instances where active service personnel and veterans have hurt people.  However, veterans who honor the value the see in fighting for freedom throughout their life do something precious.  Free people fight to live every day, they fight to say “My life is mine, and I will do whatever I can to ensure that all the people I know – and even the people I don’t – can own their life, too.”  That is what makes Veterans Day – and every day – something great to celebrate.  It’s a celebration of life and the people that lived it as soldiers.

So, when you see a veteran today, say thank you…and make sure you say thank you for living, not for sacrificing.

The Atlanta Braves are still in Atlanta…sort of.  The Braves announced today that they will be relocating to Cobb County beginning in 2017 with the construction of a new baseball facility that was not previously used for the Olympics and therefore avoids the barren wasteland that is Turner Field.

Braves executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller, in a meeting with a small group of reporters, said the new ballpark will be built at the northwest intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the Galleria/Cumberland Mall area. They said the team has “secured” approximately 60 acres of land for the project.

The Braves said the stadium is projected to cost $672 million, including parking, land and infrastructure, and will be built in partnership with Cobb County.

Technically, Atlanta remains in Atlanta, as the facility will rest comfortably in the 30339 zip code that I can confirm is Atlanta.  The biggest question in my mind is this – since the old stadium was already made into a parking lot, and there’s no new stadium to make Turner Field into a parking lot for, what happens to all that parking?  Eh, who cares…

Denver beat San Diego yesterday 28-20, which was closer than it should have been but enough to tease Philip Rivers into thinking “Hey, maybe there’s a shot…” until there wasn’t.  Why is it that we enjoy that?  Because Philip Rivers is the biggest douchebag in history (well, maybe not the biggest in history…but still…he’s up there).  Just to confirm his douchebaggery, you can refer to here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.  Learn to throw, win a Super Bowl, and then you can somewhat justify existing, you ass.

There are still communists out there…somewhere…I guess it’s called Transnistria.

So, Spurs had a successful trip to Transnistria today…er, Moldova…for their Europa League tie against Sheriff Tiraspol.  I’ve literally had a dozen people ask me if the place Spurs played today is real.  A dozen, so for the half dozen of you that read this blog, here’s a late night post about Transnistria…er, Moldova:

  • Lewis Holtby, our spritely German midfield, thought Tiraspol was actually in Northern Ireland.  Turns out he was way off – like in about 1,500 miles way off.  As you can see from the fancy map below, there is the whole continent of Europe inbetween.

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  • Apparently Transnistria still considers commies to be cool.  The national flag dons the hammer and sickle.  You know, you’ve seen it when watching Mike Eruzione and the rest of our boys in Disney’s version of the Miracle on Ice.  You saw that because we beat the commies.  Consequently, we are also undefeated against the Transnistrian National Hockey Team…
  • …which leads to the third interesting fact – nobody cares who Transnistria is.  It’s a breakaway republic in Moldova that has it’s own constitution, parliament, government, military, postal service, etc.  Problem is, Moldova is recognized internationally and Transnistria is not…and why would anyone not want to recognize this beautiful land.  Point being, Transnistria doesn’t technically exist.
  • When the occupy movement complained of big business running America, I would venture to guess many of them had not heard of Transnistria either.  Why?  One company pretty much runs the show there – Sheriff.  It. Runs.  Everything.  That’s quite a literal statement, too.  According to Wikipedia, “Sheriff owns a chain of petrol stations, a chain of supermarkets, a TV channel, a publishing house, a construction company, a Mercedes-Benz dealer, an advertising agency, a spirits factory, two bread factories, a mobile phone network, the football club FC Sheriff Tiraspol and its newly built Sheriff Stadium at an estimated cost of $200 million including a five-star hotel still under construction.”  You can say it owns everything because, after all, there is nothing else there.

So, it’s not in Northern Ireland, it’s a country of commies run by a corporation, and it doesn’t really exist.  But, UEFA counts the points earned there today in the Europa League.  #winning

Political Tidbits – October 17, 2013

We have a new website on the internets…

The Georgia GOP was so excited to announce the launch of the new website that people were getting told two, three, four times.  Gone are the days of a clunky old thing with dozens upon dozens of pages.  Here are the days of a clean and attractive new site with a noticeable branding plug for SRG.  I wonder what the cost for this site is?

That said, it is a far, far improvement from the previous one.  I’ll be personally interested to see how county parties without web resources find benefit in the new site, since what’s lacking is good digital infrastructure on the local level for fledgling county organizations.

…that Anthony Weiner blames for his second demise.

Well, this isn’t 1955 so it’s probably best not to tweet your junk, good sir.  However, Weiner does seem a bit more honest and open about who he is:

“[The criticism] rolls off my back, because that’s the way I am constitutionally. [Huma Abedin] is more sensitive. I’m just an empty, soulless vessel, so it doesn’t hurt me as much.”

Well said, sir.  Well said.

Meanwhile, things that don’t need the internet are back.

That’s right, the shutdown is over and our national parks are back online.

“NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis denied the charge that the closures were politically motivated. Most of the Park Service’s 20,000 employees have been furloughed during the shutdown severely limiting operations, he said.”

Of course, one wonders why an open air monument on the National Mall needed “closing.”  It also makes me wonder why park employees I never saw when it was open all of a sudden made themselves show up to close the park.  Just admit it – you had the power to punish people for the shutdown and you took it.

 

The burnout blues (and the best recipe to cure it…)

So, by now all six of you who regularly check back are probably asking “What gives?  You’ve been back from Alabama for three weeks and all we have is one lousy post?”  Yes, I’ve been back for three (is it four?) weeks and all you have is one lousy post.  You probably have thirty lousy posts before that to enjoy, but I digress.

Part of the sparse commentary on my part is simply burnout – losing some grounding on what makes writing and politickin’ fun.  It’s hit hard, too.  In large part that is attributed to the bitter months in Alabama.  If you want a way to ruin your summer, spend it away from home…away from friends…in Alabama…  However, since I’ve arrived back I’ve began to realize some harsh realities of the world we live in, and that is that not everyone will support what you do with gusto.  Sometimes it’s a sucker punch in the gut…and that’s what I’ve had a strong dose of the past couple of weeks.  Not that criticism is a bad thing mind you.  In fact, in our professional lives, those who have a high opinion of us and our potential as individuals often time are the best sources of valid insight into the improvements we need to make.  It does serve a purpose, but that doesn’t make it less biting.  As a result I kinda pulled away from common activities and interactions with folks.

That said, something struck me at a breakfast I attended this morning.  Two individuals who I have a great deal of respect for kinda butted heads.  It happens, and I don’t think either one of them were particularly wrong in what they had to say, but it was a bit uneasy nonetheless.  In the end, I generally tend to believe the good people will be in position to do good things, and I consider them both generally good people.  Which made me kinda think…I’m good people, too.  For whatever reason, saying my part to both seemed to alleviate the burnout a little bit because it simply reminded me of that one undeniable truth – they’re good people and I’m good people.  Enough said.  I had a great and productive rest of the day, and I’m able to offer all six of you some really stellar commentary as a result.

American Football Tidbits – September 16, 2013

Manning Sucks because Manning is oh so good…

The Manning Bowl ended in predictable fashion with the Older-Better Brother winning against the Younger-Worse Brother.  Here’s an interesting tidbit about the Broncos, though.  In addition to being the best team ever (statistically true), the team has scored 90 points in two games, Peyton Manning in on pace for 72 touchdowns and no interceptions, and the defense – sans Champ Bailey and Von Miller – has 6 interceptions and 5 sacks.  Pretty impressive stuff.

The best part?  They’re not evening playing their best ball yet.

Seattle is the real deal.

I don’t necessarily mean the American football team, although last night showed they have some talent.  Beating the defending NFC Champion 49ers 29-3 is no small feat, and they are no bad team.  Seattle may look to a Super Bowl berth where, if true to form, they’ll play an old AFC West rival…duh, the Denver Broncos.

No, Seattle may be the real deal as a sports city.  Hard to believe, but it’s a very real possibility.  Seattle’s sports district is actually top-notch, with both Century Link and Safeco Field in close proximity to some good bars and such.  It isn’t Wrigley, but it certainly ain’t Turner.  More than that, the Link is raucous!  Set a world record for loudest stadium last night, and it routinely fits 40k+ for MLS matches.  So, is it safe to say that Seattle is legit as a sports city?  Well, yes and no…

…they did lose a basketball franchise to Oklahoma City.

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Pittsburgh.  Cincinnati.  Monday Night.

Get your knitting needles, and don’t try to stab yourself out of boredom halfway through the game.  However, ol’ Georgia boy A.J. Green is playing tonight…so I guess that means something…anything?