Wednesday, April 1, 2015

When Right Is Wrong

Has there ever been a political party that has been wrong about so much yet still retained popular support?   Seriously, what policies have Republicans passed that have helped people?

WRONG:
  • Trickle Down Economics - this is an easy sell for Republicans, I mean c'mon who doesn't like the sounds of tax cuts?  Just don't mention the fact that for the most part the only ones benefiting from lower taxes are those at the very top, or the fact that money hasn't trickled down to the rest of us like was promised.
  • Government Regulation - less regulation is exactly what led to the economic collapses of the 1930's and early 2000's.  The idea that the free market would regulate itself proved to be quite the folly, it's certainly doesn't take greed and corruption into account.  
  • Unions - Republicans hate them because their big donors don't like the wage and benefit concessions they fight for and because they are big donors to Democrats.  Kill unions and you kill two bird with one stone.  Interestingly enough, the fall of unions has also coincided with a significant decrease in wages.  
  • Climate Change - Republicans are letting their hatred for Al Gore cloud their judgment, they are also kowtowing to their fossil fuel donors, how else can you explain siding with the 3% of climate scientists who deny global warming over the 97% who claim that the earth is warming and that humans are responsible.  Unfortunately, it's to our peril.  
  • Foreign Policy - Intervention is not always the answer to every problem.  Republicans lied us into the Iraq/Afghanistan quagmire and we are still paying the price for that mess.  Diplomacy should always come first.    
  • Obamacare - Republicans claimed that Obamacare would decimate the economy and cripple the job market.  They were wrong on both cases, Obamacare has been a resounding success to anyone with a with an impartial eye.  
  • Stimulus - Republicans still claim it was a failure despite plenty of evidence to the contrary.  At some point common sense and reason needs to trump ideology.   
  • Minimum Wage Increases - Republicans claimed that a higher minimum wage would be a job killer, but once again, all evidence points to the contrary.  Perhaps, there is something to the saying "A rising tide lifts all boats".  
  • Citizens United - Republicans claimed that Citizens United would be transparent and that it would protect freedom of speech.  Wrong again, unless you feel that corporations are people.  This ruling has done nothing but empower the oligarchs who are now free to buy power and influence under the cloak of secrecy.
  • Trade - while Democrats are also complicit in some of the horrible free trade pacts passed over the years, most of them are coming directly out of the Republican free trade playbook.  All they seem to have done is increase imports, export jobs and lower wages.  
Need I continue?   Stop voting Republican already.  



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

AZ Tidbits

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TPSG Top 10 Movies of 1977

Continuing with my look at the best movies of years gone by.

Top 10 Movies of 1977:
  1. Star Wars - Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford
  2. Slap Shot - Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean
  3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Richard Dreyfuss, Terri Garr
  4. The Spy Who Loved Me - Roger Moore, Barbara Bach
  5. Saturday Night Fever - John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney
  6. Annie Hall - Woody Allen, Diane Keaton
  7. The Gauntlet - Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke
  8. Smokey and the Bandit - Burt Reynolds, Sally Field 
  9. The Deep - Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Nolte
  10. One on One - Robby Benson, Annette O'Toole
There is no way that "Star Wars" doesn't top this list.  "Slap Shot" is one of my all time favorite movies, I loved the Hanson brothers.  "Close Encounter of the Third Kind" is one of the all time great sci-fi flicks.  "The Spy Who Loved Me" was probably Roger Moore's best James Bond film, and Barbara Bach just may be my all time favorite Bond girl.  "Saturday Night Fever" is vintage 1970's and a cult favorite.  "Annie Hall" is one of Woody Allen's best films.  "The Gauntlet" is early Eastwood at his finest.  What kid didn't want a Trans-Am after watching "Smokey and the Bandit"?  "The Deep" is deep ocean mystery and intrigue at it's best.  "One on One" is a highly under-appreciated basketball movie.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

POTpourri

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Herb Sendek Fired

Arizona State University has finally fired head basketball coach Herb Sendek.  IMO, it was about 2 years too late.  Don't get me wrong here, by all indications Herb Sendek is a very good man, he's very well liked in the community and he knows his basketball, that doesn't mean he was the right fit for the Arizona State basketball program though.  After 9 years at the helm, the program was mired in mediocrity and extending his run wouldn't have changed that, it was time for a change.  With all of this being said, don't get your expectations too high on Arizona State finding a top tier replacement, the program is just not that attractive, so don't be expecting a Mark Few or Gregg Marshall hire.  That's not to say that they can't find a desirable candidate to take over the helm though.  I suspect that they'll want a young up and coming guy who can recruit.

Here are my Top 15 candidates to take over the ASU basketball program:
  1. Jeff Capel - current assistant coach at Duke, former head coach at VCU & Oklahoma, he's young and reportedly a very good recruiter, he's also apparently already the clear front runner.  
  2. Josh Pastner - current head coach at Memphis, he's young, he's driven, he's a very good recruiter, he's got a ton of Arizona ties and most importantly he's interested, it sounds like he could be had too.  
  3. Steve Lavin - current head coach at St John's, probably the biggest name out there who may have some interest, he's got a big personality and lots of west coast ties.  
  4. Randy Bennett - current head coach at St Mary's.  He's got a great track record and a ton of west coast ties.   
  5. Eric Musselman - current assistant coach at LSU, former Arizona State assistant, former NBA head coach, the guy knows how to coach and his ASU ties could pay dividends.  
  6. Archie Miller - beyond the great storyline this would make, Miller can coach, he's had a nice run at Dayton, he's got ASU ties and the chance to be close to his brother may actually have some sway.  
  7. Michael White - current head coach at Louisiana Tech, he's young and has a very impressive track record.  
  8. Steve Prohm - current head coach at Murray State, he's another impressive young coach on the rise.  
  9. Dan Majerle - current head coach at Grand Canyon University, he is extremely well liked in the community and he wouldn't have to leave the Valley.   
  10. Bryce Drew - current head coach at Valparasio, coaching runs in his family.  
  11. Jim Hayford - current head coach at Eastern Washington, he's got west coast ties and a nice looking resume.  
  12. Ben Jacobson - current head coach at Northern Iowa, another young guy with an impressive track record.  
  13. Brad Underwood - current head coach at Stephen F Austin, former Kansas State assistant, he's had an impressive start to his head coaching career.  
  14. Bobby Hurley- current head coach at Buffalo, he's got a lot of steam right now along with lots of name recognition, he also comes from a legendary coaching family. 
  15. Randy Rahe - current head coach at Weber State where he's had a nice run
If I were a betting man, wait I am, I'd put my money on Jeff Capel getting this job fairly quickly.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

TPSG 2015 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

With NFL free agency having shaken out for the most part, I think it's time to update my 2015 NFL Mock Draft.  So, here goes with post free agency version 3.0.
  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jameis Winston - QB - Florida State
  2. Tennessee Titans - Leonard Williams - DT - USC
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Randy Gregory - DE - Nebraska 
  4. Oakland Raiders - Kevin White - WR - West Virginia
  5. Washington Redskins - Dante Fowler Jr - LB - Florida
  6. New York Jets - Marcus Mariotta - QB - Oregon
  7. Chicago Bears - Danny Shelton - DT -  Washington 
  8. Atlanta Falcons - Vic Beasley - LB - Clemson
  9. New York Giants - Shane Ray - DE - Missouri
  10. St Louis Rams - Amari Cooper - WR - Alabama
  11. Minnesota Vikings - Brandon Scherff - OT - Iowa
  12. Cleveland Browns - DeVante Parker - WR - Louisville
  13. New Orleans Saints - Trea Waynes - CB - Michigan State
  14. Miami Dolphins - Dorial Green-Beckham - WR - Oklahoma
  15. San Francisco 49ers - Bud Dupree - OLB - Kentucky
  16. Houston Texans - Jalen Strong - WR - Arizona State
  17. San Diego Chargers - Todd Gurley - RB - Georgia
  18. Kansas City Chiefs - La'el Collins - OT - LSU 
  19. Cleveland Browns - Malcom Brown - DT - Texas
  20. Philadelphia Eagles - Landon Collins - DB - Alabama
  21. Cincinnati Bengals - Andres Peat - OT - Stanford
  22. Pittsburgh Steelers - Marcus Peters - CB - Washington
  23. Detroit Lions - Ereck Flowers - OT - Miami 
  24. Arizona Cardinals - Owamagbe Odighizuwa - DE - UCLA
  25. Carolina Panthers - D.J. Humphries - OT - Florida
  26. Baltimore Ravens - Melvin Gordon - RB - Wisconsin
  27. Dallas Cowboys - Kevin Johnson - CB - Wake Forest
  28. Denver Broncos - Maxx Williams - TE - Minnesota
  29. Indianapolis Colts - Cameron Erving - OT - Florida State
  30. Green Bay Packers - Benardrick McKinney - ILB - Mississippi State
  31. New Orleans Saints - Eli Harold - OLB - Virginia 
  32. New England Patriots - Jalen Collins - CB - LSU
Jameis Winston looks like a lock at number one overall.

The Vikings trade for Mike Wallace seems to have diminished their need for a number one WR, pairing him with Kevin White or Amari Cooper would be tempting though (especially given the release of Greg Jennings).  Outside of WR, the Vikings OL needs some major upgrading, the versatile Brandon Scherff would be a perfect fit given his ability to play multiple positions.  Trea Waynes would also look nice opposite Xavier Rhodes at CB.  I wouldn't discount the Vikings trading down in round one either.

The Cardinals still have me guessing, they desperately need help with their pass rush so an edge rusher (at either DE or OLB) seems like the logical pick.  A RB like Melvin Gordon would look good in that Cardinals offense too though (unless they can swing a deal for Adrian Peterson).  Another CB to replace Antonio Cromartie is also a possibility.

Previous Versions:  1.0 & 2.0

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

TPSG Top 10 Movies of 1978

Continuing with my look at the best movies of years gone by.

Top 10 Movies of 1978:
  1. The Deer Hunter - Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken
  2. Animal House - John Belushi, Tom Hulce
  3. Midnight Express - Brad Davis, Bo Hopkins
  4. Halloween - Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence
  5. Heaven Can Wait - Warren Beatty, Julie Christie
  6. Superman - Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder
  7. Coming Home - Jane Fonda, Jon Voight
  8. Grease - John Travolta, Olivia Newton John
  9. The Buddy Holly Story - Gary Busey, Don Stroud
  10. Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams
"The Deer Hunter" is as powerful a movie as you'll ever see, it'll stick with you for awhile.  "Animal House" is my all time favorite comedy.  "Midnight Express" is a real haunting tale of international drug smuggling.  "Halloween" is probably my favorite horror movie of all time.  The original "Heaven Can Wait" was a terrific football movie.  When I think of "Superman", I think of Christopher Reeve.  "Coming Home" is a very powerful look at the consequences of war.  I can still see Olivia Newton John in those leather pants in "Grease" and who doesn't still sing along with that soundtrack?  IMO "The Buddy Holly Story" is easily Gary Busey's best film.  "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" is creepy at it's finest.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Lindsay Pelas

I think I'm in love!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

AZ Tidbits

Wednesday, March 18, 2015