Archive for August, 2007

Not suprisingly, corruption is still widespread among high-level officials in China. What I didn’t know was that the Chinese government has actually been trying to rid themselves of these corrupt officials for quite awhile now (to which we all say in harmony, "wink, wink"). They decided to take it to the people, so to speak, with a new method of anti-corruption education: the government sponsored an online game called "Incorruptible Warrior" to show the masses how to fight and kill corrupt officials…and their bikini-clad mistresses, too!
 
However, customer demand severely overloaded their game server, and they took it offline. Who would’ve guessed so many Chinese people would want to play? I can just imagine the conversation they had before RTW:
 
Official: Great game! Wow, the masses are going to love playing it! How many people can play at the same time?
Developer: 600 loyal nationals can kill corrupt officials at a time, sir!
Official: Hmmm…how many loyal nationals do we have right now?
Developer: A little more than a billion, sir.
Official: And how many people do you think would like to learn how to kill corrupt officials?
Developer: A little more than a billion, sir.
Official: Yeah. Well, 600 should be enough, I suppose…
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One of the top dogs of China’s toy industry claims Mattel is also to blame for the huge recall of toys covered in lead paint, saying they didn’t do their jobs in quality inspections…of course, he provided no details in how THEY blew it when it came to quality assurance. And then this guy goes on to say that when they get low-balled on purchasing prices, they have to use inferior raw materials. Um…hell-ooooo! Dude, you could have told them that for the price you’re getting paid, Mattel should expect lead paint on their products! Don’t just ship it to the Americas and then say they didn’t check it!
 
When you think about it, Mattel can’t be blamed for not assuring quality of hazardess toothpaste, deadly cold medications, blankets doused in formaldehyde, or pet food that will kill Fluffy, simply cuz Mattel doesn’t make that stuff. This means that other U.S. companies are also to blame for lack of product quality control in China. Makes you wonder why China’s other industries aren’t pointing fingers like their toy industry is doing.
 
But they don’t really have to. Losing billyuns of dollars really hurts, so the Chinese government is staging a PR war to defend its safety record. In addition, they claim they are far from being the ONLY bad guys pushing crap on other countries! A batch of soybeans they received from the U.S. contained red beans, pesticides and…um…dirt. It’s a "great potential hazard" to Chinese food safety. Shame, you imperialist scoundrals!!
 
Here’s an idea for China…stop music, movie and software piracy from being your #1 industry, start manufacturing products that won’t kill us or our pets, and we’ll stop sending you red beans.

The KING!

Posted: August 15, 2007 in Uncategorized
Saw this today on the front page at msnbc.com, it’s their little tribute to the 30th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. There are numerous links to stories about Elvis here, and a picture of…well, it’s not Elvis. But it IS a guy who was too cool to be a country singer that did gospel albums!

 

Super Bowl bound?

Posted: August 15, 2007 in Uncategorized
A couple of months ago, Peter King wrote that the Colts will repeat, and recently he’s written that he’s not backing off that pick. Personally, I don’t think they’ll make division champs…they might not even make the playoffs. The only reason they made it to the Super Bowl last year was that in December, some brainiac came up with the idea that their defense should work on their ground game: any team that ran the ball up till then had a legit shot at winning every game.
 
But the Colts hemorraged defensive players during the off-season, and then a couple of weeks ago lost McFarland to injury…their best run stuffer. Consider this: two seasons ago, Manning set tons of passing records, the defense seldom got on the field, and the only two regular season games the Colts lost were the ones at the end of the season where half the starters were on the bench to prevent injury before entering the playoffs…and they were one-and-done against the legendary rushing attack of the Steelers. So when Coach Dungy says they’ll win this season based on Manning, I say "look at history". Manning is unstoppable at times, but the Colts can’t always win games without a good defense.
 
Bookies have the Chargers at number 2 favorite to win this season’s Super Bowl. Probably because they had such a phenomenal regular season last year, and the core players are still with the team. However, did you ever notice that when a play started to fall apart that Phillip Rivers looked like a deer caught in a thousand headlights? The coaches new his weaknesses and designed their game plans to take advantage of what he could do well, and then relied on the rest of the team to execute. Basically: hand the ball to LT, and if you’re not going to block, get the hell out of the way. Now all of those coaches are gone. The new coaches don’t know Rivers, and an entire team has to learn a whole new playbook. Next year they should be contenders again, but I think this year they’ll skip the playoffs altogether.
 
Quite a few people are picking the Patriots to win it all. Considering they opened up their wallets and snagged a ton of excellent offensive weapons for Brady to throw at during the off-season, this is a pretty safe bet. Last year, Brady was throwing at a bunch of guys nobody ever heard of, and they made it all the way until the final minute of the championship game.
 
Why are so many crowing about the Cowboys? Again, a team with a new coach and playbook. But more importantly, their "savior" Tony Romo totally tanked in December, but everyone looked the other way and still referred to him as their golden child. Then January came along against the Seahawks, and he’ll never live that game down…seriously, I think he’s Mr. Ordinary.
 
I don’t think anybody’s picking the Seahawks to win it all this year. But Sunday’s game, during the first string possessions, indicates that our offensive line isn’t going to let anybody get close and snuggly with Hasselbeck…Hutch may become but a distant memory. Deion may just get everybody to forget whatzizname that we gifted to the 49ers. Some dude named Obomanu is making the other receivers sweat their starter positions. And now that Tapp is finally healthy, we have a new sack leader.
 
And our schedule this year looks pretty good:
Buccaneers: Plummer won’t report and Garcia is getting older…the rest of the team isn’t all that great. Seahawks.
Cardinals: Same story every year, "They’re improved, gonna be great!" and then they tank. Seahawks.
Bengals: Their players can’t stop getting arrested. Seahawks.
49ers: They beat the ‘hawks twice last year, and they’re improved. 49ers.
Steelers: We’d rather dish out some payback to the refs, but the Steelers will do. Seahawks.
Saints: Here comes our first really good, tough team. Saints.
Rams: Our second really good, tough team, and Bulger is happy now. Rams
Browns: Oh, where do I start? Seahawks.
49ers: Coaches finally have a game plan for Gore, and we’re still fresh from the BYE week. Seahawks.
Bears: Besides payback, they have a few disgruntled defensive players. Bad Rex plays. Seahawks.
Rams: We’re not gonna be dumped to wild-card status with such a good win/loss column. Seahawks.
Eagles: They still have a lot of work to do after the T.O. implosion. Seahawks.
Cardinals: Start planning for next year…again. Seahawks.
Panthers: We’re not going to stop Steve Smith this time. Panthers.
Ravens: Good offense, excellent defense. Ravens.
Falcons: New coach, new playbook…and new quarterback. Seahawks.
 
Now that I look at this, I must be insane to think the ‘hawks will actually win 11 games.

Umm…no girls in there?

Posted: August 9, 2007 in Uncategorized
Ah, the soap opera that is Pacman Jones. He really is going to participate in professional wrestling…as a wrestler! And he emphatically sez, "I’m good, too!" Yeah, we’ll see about that…he’s got the personality and a real bad-boy reputation, but put him in a pile-driver just once…
 
This should make it relatively easy for the Titans to void his contract. Of course, I’m sure his lawyer will argue that the contract specifies motorcycles, skydiving, that sort of thing…but doesn’t spell out "professional wrestling" as an activity that could cause injury. Yeah, that’ll wash with the player’s association.
 
Sounds loopy to me, but not surprising…cuz he thinks he’s only been arrested twice!
 
In addition, when talking about having to admit to Goodall that he went to a strip club the night before he found out he would be suspended for the entire season, he claimed he just went in to get something to eat (oh yeah…New York strip clubs serve the best food, after all! All the rich-n-famous people go there to eat. Screw the Met…). Then he claims there weren’t even any girls in there.
 
Which leads one to ask…just what kind of strip club WAS this place…?