Monday, January 31, 2011

Quote of the Day

There are more love songs than anything else.
If songs could make you do something,
we'd all love one another.

Frank Vincent Zappa

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Quote of the Day

The language and concepts contained herein
are guaranteed not to cause eternal torment
in the place where the guy with the horns
and pointed stick conducts his business.

Frank Vincent Zappa

Friday, January 28, 2011

Quote of the Day

Sometimes I'm so sweet even I can't stand it.

Julia Elizabeth Wells, a.k.a. Julie Andrews

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Quote of the Day

There are more pleasant things
to do than beat up people.

Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., a.k.a. Muhammad Ali

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Quote of the Day

It never pays to deal with the flyweights
of the world. They take far too much
pleasure in thwarting you at every turn.

Sue Taylor Grafton

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Quote of the Day

The Clinton adminstration launched an attack
on the people in Texas because those people
were religious nuts with guns. Hell, this
country was founded by religious nuts
with guns. Who does Bill Clinton think
stepped ashore on Plymouth Rock?

Patrick Jake "P.J." O'Rourke

Monday, January 24, 2011

Quote of the Day

Everybody favors free speech in the slack
moments when no axes are being ground.

Heywood Campbell Broun

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ghosts in the Machine

Via iri5's flickr:

Writing a more effective learning tool than typing? Read more here.

LSU vs. A&M (M&W)

Aggie Recap

UH vs. Arkansas (W)

Cougar Recap

UH vs. UALR (W)

Cougar Recap

Surf's Up Tonight:

Trinity vs. Southwestern (M&W)

Pirate Recap

Tiger Recap

TJS Casino Night Benefit will be in Kingwood on April 2. Watch Team Joseph site for more info.

Title IX backlash? C'mon, be serious! What could possibly go wrong?!?! Read more here.

Remember the fight in Michigan a couple of years ago over high school basketball scheduling? The change sure hasn't helped girls' basketball in the Mitten State.

Becca Quinn knew her priority should be focusing on her basketball game with a cross-district rival. But it was impossible to ignore the hundreds of fans streaming past her toward the exits.
In fact, her Forest Hills Northern team’s game against Forest Hills Central was delayed to allow for the sweeping exodus right after the 6 p.m. boys game.

“Instead of focusing on the game, we were looking at our fans. We’re thinking, ‘Oh, my gosh, they’re all leaving,’” said Quinn, a senior and team captain.

The crowd of more than 1,600 would eventually dwindle to about 300 for the nightcap.

Once again, the lawyers backed a handful of whiners (see New York City girls' soccer) and ignored the desires of a huge majority of female athletes.

“Everyone I’ve talked to thinks it’s a fiasco,” said coach Glenn Davis of Byron Center, whose girls are a top 10 team in Class A this season. “I haven’t talked to either a girls or boys coach who likes it.

Maybe the Obama administration will step in and force everyone who buys a ticket for the boys' games to remain in the bleachers for the girls' game...

Quote of the Day

Men often oppose a thing merely because
they have had no agency in planning it,
or because it may have been planned
by those whom they dislike.

Alexander Hamilton

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Quote of the Day

A ship is always referred to as a she because it
costs so much to keep one in paint and powder.

Admiral Chester William Nimitz

Friday, January 21, 2011

Quote of the Day

Thy fate is the common fate of all;
into each life some rain must fall.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Joseph Stanton Update

Plenty happening! Joseph is in surgery right now.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will begin her rehab work at the same TIRR facility Joseph's in.

Read more on TJS's Caring Bridge journal page here.

Also, check out the Team Joseph site here.

The very latest:

Thursday, January 20, 2011 4:48 PM, CST
A million thanks for all your prayers. I just got word from my mom and she said that they fixed the problem and surgery is getting started now. Let's pray that everyting goes well and according to God's will.

Love Audrea

All in the Name of Proportionality

Proportionality is forcing one school to scare up extra females for the purposes of roster inflation, while another will drop a very popular men's sport.

Marshall will add three (3) women's tennis players to their roster in an attempt to meet their quota. Good luck with that, Thundering Herd. Read more here.

"We are trying to get up to 10 on our roster because it is a good, safe number," head coach John Mercer said. "Also, there are some Title IX issues that we are trying to meet."

"Basically, you can't have one without the other," said Erik Paz, assistant compliance director. "We get into problems with having so many football players, and to compensate for that, we have to add more female athletes to balance the numbers."

Just how committed are these athletes?

"I am just here because they needed me," Halbert said. "It will be fun, and it isn't a big commitment because the coach said I can get out of it what I want."

Mercer lets the women decide how much they want to get involved. They do not have mandatory practices.

Wouldn't it have been easier to just drop a men's sport or two to meet the Title IX quotas? If Marshall had a men's swim program (they have a women's team), you can bet it would have been an attractive option...

Now to the Delaware story. The university is dropping its men's track program before it can reach the ripe old age of 101. That's right, folks. The University of Delaware will cut the 100 year-old team after the 2011 season. Read more about the dumping of men's track/cross country here and here.

You know why this had to happen, right?

The University of Delaware's football team recently wrapped up its season with 103 players on its roster. That includes four quarterbacks, 10 running backs, 14 wide receivers, 16 defensive backs and four kickers.

Do people care about Delaware football? Well, uh ... I guess so. Spend enough time in the First State and you're destined to hear folks talk glowingly of Rich Gannon and Keita Malloy and Joe Flacco.

Behind the blather and fan-board loudmouths, however, is an ambivalent reality. Playing at home against Georgia Southern in last month's I-AA semifinals, Delaware drew 10,317 fans to a stadium that holds 22,000. One week earlier, in the quarterfinals against New Hampshire (a conference rival), that total was 8,770.

Really, 8,770.

Men's swimming survived the Title IX purge. Why?

Last year, men's track had 47 athletes on the roster. Cross country had 12. Dropping the two sports will result in nearly sixty (60) men being cleared from the athletic department "roll".

This year's men's swim team is about twice as quota-friendly as the running squads were. They have 31 male athletes over at the cement pond.

Just like Cal's rugby team, Delaware men's track was just too popular to keep around...

Beyond Bipolar

Is it possible? Could we call it "tripolar"?

How's this for nuts:

A former "co-worker" lifted something from my site, then pasted it - word for ding-danged-diddly word - onto his site.

What's the big deal, you ask? I mean, we all "borrow" from one another now and then, right?

You know there's got to be more to it, don't you?

Seems there's a reason I put co-worker in quotes. I'm still pulling daggers out of my back!

Don't tell me you can't read between those lines, bucko!

edited 1/20/11, 5:20 a.m.

My buddies tell me:

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Looks like I'll have to give Charles Caleb Colton credit for this quote:

IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY - "Usually said ironically when someone tries to gain attention by copying someone else's original ideas. Coined by Charles Caleb Colton in 1820 in his 'Lacon.' First attested in the United States in 'Malice' by E. Cameron. The adage is found in varying forms." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).

via The Phrase Finder

Quote of the Day

There are some enterprises in which a careful,
disorderliness is the true method.

Herman Melville

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Quote of the Day

If I decide to be an idiot, then I'll
be an idiot on my own accord.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Quote of the Day

One of these days the people of Louisiana
are going to get good government -
and they aren't going to like it.

Huey Pierce Long, Jr.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Quote of the Day

The doctors x-rayed my head and found nothing.

Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Quote of the Day

My choice early in life was either to be a
piano- player in a whorehouse or a politician.
To tell the truth, there's hardly any difference.

Harry S. Truman

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Quote of the Day

The urge to save humanity is almost always
only a false face for the urge to rule it.

Henry Louis "H.L." Mencken

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Quote of the Day

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow
yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's
definition of your life, but define yourself.

Harvey Samuel Firestone

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Quote of the Day

People always call it luck when you've
acted more sensibly than they have.

Anne Tyler

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Quote of the Day

We all have our time machines.
Some take us back, they're called memories.
Some take us forward, they're called dreams.

Jeremy John Irons

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Quote of the Day

I firmly believe that any man's finest hour,
the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds
dear, is the moment when he has worked
his heart out in a good cause and lies
exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.

Vincent Thomas "Vince" Lombardi

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Quote of the Day

Government always finds a need
for whatever money it gets.

Ronald Wilson Reagan

Friday, January 07, 2011

Quote of the Day

All men make mistakes, but married
men find out about them sooner.

Richard "Red" Skelton

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Quote of the Day

The only thing worse than a coach or CEO who
doesn't care about his people is one who pretends
to care. People can spot a phony every time.

James William Johnson

Wednesday, January 05, 2011


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Those of us who take pictures of the poster contest entries have been wasting our time. They're on the left side of the page.

If you lost a magazine or newsletter, they're available online.

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Quote of the Day

To be a leader, you have to make people want
to follow you, and nobody wants to follow
someone who doesn't know where he is going.

Joseph William Namath

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Quote of the Day

The fishermen know that the sea is
dangerous and the storm terrible,
but they have never found these
dangers sufficient reason
for remaining ashore.

Vincent Willem van Gogh

Monday, January 03, 2011

Quote of the Day

There were so many candidates on
the platform that there were not
enough promises to go around.

Ronald Wilson Reagan

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Quote of the Day

The most terrifying words in
the English language are:
I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

Ronald Wilson Reagan

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Quote of the Day

I didn't have evil intentions,
but I guess I did have power.

Harmon Clayton "Killer" Killebrew