Friday, October 24, 2014

POTpourri

Thursday, October 23, 2014

GOP Hypocrisy

This about sums it up.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mitch McConnell

Please do not reward this clown with another Senate term.  

"...there are still enough of them to block the Democratic agenda, as long as they all marched in lockstep."

"As long as Republicans refused to follow his lead, Americans would see partisan food fights and conclude that Obama had failed to produce change."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy - starring Chris Pratt & Zoe Saldana.  I actually saw this movie a couple of months ago.  I really enjoyed it, it's fast moving, there's plenty of action, a bit of humor, some good acting, just an overall good time.  It's based upon a Marvel comic.  Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, orphaned as a child, he is abducted by aliens and raised by a band of space bandits.  While out scavenging one day Quill comes across a mysterious orb only to find that it is very valuable and in much demand.  He decides to sell the orb to the highest bidder, problem being he's not the only one with that same idea, there are several other bandits trying to steal the orb from him.  Eventually, these misfits realize that their best course of action would be to band together, they don't like each other but they each have a special skillset that meshes well together.  Soon, they realize the power of the orb and come to the conclusion that they need to keep it out of the hands of all powerful "The Collector" in order to save the galaxy.  It turns into a pretty fun ride.  James Gunn does a superb job of directing.  Chris Pratt is as good as I've seen him.  Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel & Bradley Cooper (okay, Bradley Cooper's voice) are all excellent in their roles. I also loved the movie's 1970's music soundtrack.  I highly recommend it.

I'll give it 4 out of 5 stars (*****).

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Foo Fighters

"Something From Nothing".  Not bad, I think like it.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cardinals 24, Raiders 13

The Cardinals improved to 5-1 today with a 24-13 win over the Raiders from Oakland.  I don't know that it was a thing of beauty but anytime you can win on the road in the NFL you have to be happy.  The Cardinals have now won 12 of their last 15 games, that's damn impressive.  They are also now in sole possession of 1st place in the NFC West.  Nice win!

Observations:

Bills 17, Vikings 16

The Vikings fell to the 2-5 on the season today with a 17-16 loss to the Bills from Buffalo.  What a heartbreaker, the Bills scored a touchdown with one second left on the clock for the win.  It's a shame too with the way their defense played.  The offense has been just been completely inept the last couple of weeks, they need to figure things out here and soon.  

Observations:
  • You cannot continually settle for field goals from the red zone.  
  • How do you give up a first down on 4th down & 20 late in the game? 
  • Everson Griffen was playing out of his mind today.  3 sacks, 2 TFL, 8 tackles. 
  • The defensive approach against Bridgewater appears to be to bring the house, often. 
  • Anthony Barr is making a strong case for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
  • The jury has to still be out on Teddy Bridgewater.  
  • Jerick McKinnon had a nice day running the ball.  103 yards on 19 carries.  
  • The Vikings have been just dreadful on the road lately. 
  • Is it too soon to give up on Matt Kalil?  He's been awful this season.  
  • Turnovers:  Bills 4, Vikings 2
  • That Vikings offensive line has got to find a way to protect Bridgewater.  
  • Chad Greenway has still got some life in him.  15 tackles today.  
  • Injuries, and off field issues, have really taken their toll on the Vikings offense.  
  • The Vikings offense could really use a deep threat to stretch their offense.  
  • I can understand why Carolina didn't re-sign Captain Munnerlyn this past offseason. 
  • Blair Walsh continues to be money at kicker for the Vikings.  3 for 3 today. 
  • The Bills defensive line is quite impressive, they can bring the heat.  
  • Give Kyle Orton the mobility of E.J. Manuel and you'd have a pretty good QB.  
  • The Bills played most of the game without the top two RB's.  
  • Up next?  @ Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers next Sunday.

Steadman Baily Punt Return

You have to love this bit of trickery by the Rams.

Arizona State 26, Stanford 10

The Sun Devils improved to 5-1 on the season last night with an impressive 26-10 win over Stanford from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.  It was probably the Sun Devil's best overall performance of the season.  This win puts the Sun Devils in control of the PAC12 South.  Taylor Kelly will be back next week, hopefully he doesn't screw up the chemistry.  Nice win Devils, keep bringing it!!

Observations:
  • Wise decision to start Mike Bercovici tonight.  22 of 33 for 245 yards, 1 TD. 
  • This was the weakest Stanford team that I've seen in awhile
  • D.J. Foster has still caught a pass in every game of his ASU career. 
  • Arizona State is now 20-0 under Todd Graham when leading at halftime
  • Jalen Strong will be playing on Sundays.  
  • Time of Possession:   Arizona State 34:57; Stanford 25:03
  • First Downs:  Arizona State 23, Stanford 14
  • Turnovers:  Stanford 2, Arizona State 0
  • Todd Graham coached teams are playing ranked teams much tougher
  • Arizona State's short yardage offense leaves a bit to be desired. 
  • That was the best the young Sun Devils defense had played this year.  
  • Do not turn the ball over to Arizona State!
  • Only 2 penalties on the Sun Devils, you have to like that!
  • Zane Gonzales was 4 for 4 on FG's, it was nice to have him back. 
  • That Stanford offense was not at all impressive and their defense looked overrated.
  • It's always nice when the Sun Devils win when the Tillman's are in the house
  • Mike Bercovici is doing okay for himself off the field too. 
  • Yes, that was Barry Sanders son carrying the ball for Stanford. 
  • You really cannot beat that Sun Devil fanbase.  
  • Up next?  @ Washington next Saturday night. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Minnesota 39, Purdue 38

The Gophers improved to 6-1 on the season today with a 39-38 win over Purdue from TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.  Minnesota is now in first place in the Big Ten West division!  What a game, there was no quit in the Gophers today!  I would expect that they crack the rankings this coming week.  It wasn't an easy win, their defense took it's time showing up but they eventually got on track and their offense just seems to be improving by the week.  Great win for Jerry Kill, great win for the program!  Go Gophers!

Observations:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

POTpourri

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ayn Rand

How is she still a thing?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Arizona General Election

It's time for my 2014 Arizona General Election endorsements!

Keep in mind, I'm a democrat, I almost always vote democrat, I suggest others follow suit.  I'm also not listing every race, only those I'm familiar with.

Governor:  
Fred DuVal (D) over Doug Ducey (R)

Secretary of State:
Terry Goddard (D) over Michelle Reagan (R)

Attorney General:
Felicia Rotellini (D) over Mark Brnovich (R)

Superintendent of Public Instruction: 
David Garcia (D) over Diane Douglas (R)

Corporate Commission:
Sandra Kenney (D) & Jim Holway (D) over Doug Little (R) & Tom Forese (R)

U.S. Representative (District 1):
Ann Kirkpatrick (D) over Andy Tobin (R)

U.S. Representative (District 2): 
Ron Barber (D) over Martha McSally (R)

U.S. Representative (District 3):
Raul Grijalva (D) over Gabriela Saucedo Mercer (R)

U.S. Representative (District 4): 
Mikel Weisser (D) over Paul Gosar (R)

U.S. Representative (District 5):
James Woods (D) over Matt Salmon (R)

U.S. Representative (District 6):
W. John Williamson (D) over David Schweikert (R)

U.S. Representative (District 7):
Rueben Gallego (D) over Joe Cobb (L) & Jose Penalosa (I)

U.S. Representative (District 8): 
Stephen Dolgos (I) over Trent Franks (R)

U.S. Representative (District 9):
Kyrsten Sinema (D) over Wendy Rogers (R)

State Senator (District 24):
Katie Hobbs (D) over Bill Follette (R)

State Representative (District 24):
Ken Clark (D) and/or Lela Alston (D) over Lei Lani Cortez (R)

Scottsdale City Council:
Linda Milhaven, Jennifer Petersen & Dennis Robbins over David N Smith, Cindy Hill & Kathy Littlefield

Scottsdale Unified School District Budget Increase:  YES

Proposition 122:  NO, it's a power grab by the state's Republican led wackos.

Proposition 303:  YES, go watch "Dallas Buyer's Club" and you'll understand.

Proposition 304:  NO, they don't deserve a raise.

Proposition 480:  YES, I fully support anything that will improve our healthcare system.


Monday, October 13, 2014