Tondar's Daily Rant

Prepare yourself for the writings of Tondar the Destroyer, Baron of Atlanta, Rightful Heir to the Throne of Spain, from whom all babies come. As his will be blogged, so let it be done.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

PIC OF THE DAY

Happy Birthday Drake...


"Lenny and I are gonna go upstairs and get more calimatxo. Don't you wanna get some?" Posted by Hello
JUSTICE KENNEDY'S "OPINION" AND WORLD OPINION

Seth sent me this defense of the Kennedy Opinion in this week's "Roper" case regarding juvenile execution. Personally I think the piece represents everything that is wrong with the liberal court's decision. There are certainly many moral arguments that can be made against capital punishment and especially the execution of minors. However, what the liberals miss is that first it is not the Supreme Courts role to interpret something as subjective as "morality." These decisions are to be left to elected bodies that represent the will of the people. Secondly, by using international court "Opinions" and international public opinion (which the author confuses), we see the liberal court is grasping at straws to use any means to justify their ends.
BETTER TIE UP THAT GLOAT

It's becoming more and more obvious that the neo-conservative foreign policy of President Bush has been a success. I know that I am certainly thankful that John Kerry was not allowed to disrupt the progress that has been made. When you really think about it, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, and Egypt are beginning to cast off the shackles of tyranny as they move towards popular democratic government. Do you really think this would be possible without American intervention or the 150,000 troops now stationed in the geographical center ofthe Middle East? However, check out this Ralph Peters piece that warns against being too cocky because there is still plenty of work to do in the middle east. Money Quote...

"This isn't a time to gloat. Instead, we need to work harder than ever, to keep pushing, to exploit the current momentum. We should be encouraged -- our enemies are certainly discouraged -- but more American soldiers and civilians are going to be killed in the days ahead. The Middle East's degenerate regimes will not all go down without a fight. Nor will the many terrorists they spawned."
MESSAGE FROM THE MONKEY REPUBLIC

From Minister of State, William Jennings Bryan...

"BAD! BAD CHIMPANZEES! The Monkey Republic of the Love Grotto condemn the chimpanzee attack on people. Once again, the Monkey Republic stand by their ally the United States and they measures taken to protect it people. In addition, the Republic will offer any support U.S. need to prevent more revolt from naughty primates. NAUGHTY PRIMATES BAD! This behavior be unacceptable and in no way should reflect foreign policy of this collection of civilized primates."
THE THREE MINUTE ABORTION DEBATE

How wrong is abortion? It's such an atrocity that there aren't any logical arguments that can even suppoort this genocidal practice. Check out this intellectual bitch-slapping at the hand of Bruce Bethke as he lays the 3 minute smack down on a typical liberal.

Friday, March 04, 2005

INTERNET WATCH

In case you missed it the first time through, Frank is sending a link around to the Superbowl ad you DIDN'T see.
PIC OF THE DAY

Good Ole Miss Kristin :)


"What if this is just the beginning?
Dar's sunburned and we're gonna go drinking.
Why Can't I breathe whenever I think about you?
Why can't I speak whenever I talk about you? Posted by Hello
CAPTAIN AWESOME INDEED

Pigpen on racial tensions in Grand Rapids...

"This is what I've been ranting about for months concerning GRPD - Rampant, OOC, ridiculous claims all in the name of progressive equality. I agree with the author - what do these demands have to do with anything, especially in the context of the fight."
STRAIGHT OUTTA CHAPPELLE SHOW

This headline speaks for itself: "Police Say Men Butchered Goat for Crack"

A GOAT?!?!?! What is this GREECE?!?!
WANNA LOOK LIKE A FOOL?

Danielle sent me this li'l trick to try and make me look like an idiot at work...

"This is ANNOYING!!! But Sooo funny! J

This is one of the strangest things I have ever encountered. While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction and there's nothing you can do about it. This WILL drive you crazy. Try it."


I'm just curious, but this seems like the kinda thing a good drummer could actually do. Am I wrong?
THAT'S A NEW TWIST

Not sure how this eatbeast-teacher ended up having sex with five students. Everybody knows you're gonna get mocked for baggin' a fatty. Do these rules not apply at this junior high?

Also check out this money quote...

"Toni Lynn Woods, 37, of Strange Creek was arrested Wednesday on eight counts of sexual assault."

Yeah, certainly puts the STRANGE in Strange Creek!

Thursday, March 03, 2005

PIC OF THE DAY

From the Rose Bowl...


Is it me or does "Big" Frankie look like he has "special needs" in this pic? Posted by Hello

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

ZAPPED BY THE RAT

When you look back on the guys you knew in high school who became cops, getting tazed at Chuck E. Cheese's in front of the kids suddenly makes a lot more sense.
IN YOUR FACE KYOTO

From Pigpen...

"Attention Detroit and Pittsburgh, resume smokestacks at full power...yeah that's right full power. Oh, and can we get somebody to take car of those stupid hybrid vehicles...yeah they don't do anything."
FREE AGENCY SEASON IN THE NFL

With the offseason in full swing, are the lions up to anything in the free agent or trade market? Remember, this is a do or die year if they wish to retain me as a fan. I need to be teased with a playoff caliber team.

Well here's how Seth sees things shaping up...

"In free agency, the biggest talk is who the Lions will grab for a QB. We're in the market for a backup with starting experience who can push or replace Harrington. Jeff Garcia is our top target (he and Mooch did great things together once upon a 49er) but we're not the only team offering, and his weakish arm doesn't seem to fit the downfield skills of Charles Rogers and Roy Williams. My answer is "So What?". Garcia didn't seem to have problems getting passes to Terrell Owens, did he?

Right now the Lions have some big needs on the O-line to fill. Stockar McDougle might not re-sign, which means we need to replace a starting tackle (not easy). We also need a starting guard and, as ever, a Tight End. On defense, that spot that Roy Williams (of the Cowboys) would have filled so beautifully is still weak.

Tight End is tough to address, especially because the top two prospects play for division rivals. Bubba Franks was franchised by the Packers so we couldn't nab him. I don't know why the Vikings didn't re-sign Jermaine Wiggins immediately after the cap-space (and receiving dearth) from Randy Moss's departure opened up, but I'm guessing they will soon anyway. Jeb Putzier (Broncos) looks like a good pickup possibility - he's like Alexander minus 20 years. Of course, the Lions could say "to
he11 with a tight end," sign another wideout, and go with a 3-receiver, H-back set a la 1995 (with Kevin Jones playing the role of Barry Sanders), but Mooch do something radical with his offense? Never.

Tackles with Stockar's size don't grow on trees, or Planet Earth for that matter. If the bidding war to bring him back after a decent 2nd half last year gets too pricey, I really like the Jets' Kareem McKenzie, who's a year younger than McDougle but already just as good. Another route to go is to give the Patriots a draft pick for restricted free agent Tom Ashworth. Never heard of him? Okay, you tell me: how often
did you hear Jevon Kearse's name spoken in the Superbowl? What? You forgot Kearse was even there? Exactly; Ashworth is the man. He's also spent time lined up beside Damien Woody, so there's already a connection.

Guard is the more likely spot to fill in the draft, as the guys on top are pricier than Woody. I'd love to take Rivera or Wahle from Green Bay, or even Ben Hamilton from Denver, but guards are at a premium this year. The Lions need to build some run support around Kevin Jones while every other team is looking to run more next year. Bad market.

Obviously, what doesn't happen in free agency will happen in the draft. With the 10th pick and about 10 quality players near the top (but no clear-cut #1), there's a great opportunity to do some wheelin' and dealin. The big picks are at running back, quarterback, receiver, and cornerback, which means we have a good spot to trap a team coveting their skills.

I'm not just saying this as a Michigan homer, but the Lions could do much worse than to draft 2 of the 4 top Wolverines available.

At safety, Thomas Davis (Ga.) and Brodney Pool (Okla.) would be great. Davis is a linebacker/saftey tweener, but that much talent doesn't come around very often. The downside is he's really raw; it'll take a few years before he's a difference-maker. Pool is excellent in space and looks like a receiver. He's not as physically tough, though, and we could trade down for him.

If we do trade down (someone will want to move up to nab Mike Williams or one of those cornerbacks) we should instead grab the O-lineman we don't get in free agency: David Baas if it's guard, Dan Cody or Alex Barron (FSU) if tackle. The idea would be to get a 2nd pick between our first two to nab Ernest Shazor, whom a lot of teams want as a linebacker instead of safety. Fact is, he's the perfect safety for the black and blue division. If he's around in the late rounds, I like Wisconsin's 5'8 Jim Leonhard. He's small, but the guy has heart and makes plays.

I know we're not in CB mode, but props to the team that drafts Marlin Jackson. I don't know why in the world nobody has picked up on this guy yet as a 2nd round steal. Jackson's a great cover corner with size and physical play, but what's more, he can tackle. The NFL now is moving toward a Big Ten style of play, with large receivers, 3-4 sets, and more inside running. Why get a cover guy with 4.3 jets now? A cornerback who can tackle is the difference between a West Coast receiver getting 2
or 8 yards per button-hook. I'm sold.

So to recap, my hopes would be the following:

1. Re-sign Stockar or, if possible, nab McKenzie for Right Tackle.

2. Sign Putzier at Tight End

3. Draft David Baas for the guard spot and Thomas Davis at safety. If they can't get Davis, Ernest Shazor makes a perfect 2nd-round steal.

4. Maximize the #10 pick by trading down to some greedy GM eyeing the skill positions.

5. Find some late-round diamonds, including a 5th or 6th-round QB. That way, next time we have to choose between overpaying Harrington or losing him, there's an heir-apparent.
THEY MUST BE DUTCH

The owners of the Nashville Rhythm are cheap. How cheap are they? They are so cheap they refuse to participate in the ABA playoffs because they would have to pay their players bonuses. *shaking head*

Remember this is the same team with the crazy girl owner that stormed onto the court to fire the female head coach midway through a game. I guess that's what happens when you combine all the backwardsness of Davidson County, Tennessee, with all the craziness of the ABA. I love this game!
A DIAMOND IN THE PEN

Pigpen stumbled upon this little gem of Ann Coulter retorts. My personal favorite is: "It Takes a Village to Raise a Kid With A.D.H.D., Rage Issues, and an Eating Disorder." hehe :)
READIN' "ROPER"

Here's the decision in this weeks Supreme Court case regarding the execution of minors. Justice Kennedy makes a strong point with regard to national consensus being changed, before going off on an insane tangent (see pages 23-24) where he cites international law and its jurisprudence over American government. If you read on, in his dissent Justice Scalia takes a harder look at the numbers (pgs 41-44) and really rips apart the domestic consensus to which J. Kennedy referred. Looks like once again we are seeing the Court's "own judgement" (pg 47) taking the place of jurisprudence and precedent. Traveshamockery!

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

PIC OF THE DAY

Wish I was there...


With so much of the country (including Atlanta) getting snow Tuesday, here's to sunny California :) Posted by Hello
CAN'T GET YOUR HEAD AROUND IT WATCH

Not really sure what to make of it. But check out this editorial in the NYTimes praising the Bush administration for the recent wave of democratic revolutions that have swept the globe. Money quote...

"Still, this has so far been a year of heartening surprises - each one remarkable in itself, and taken together truly astonishing. The Bush administration is entitled to claim a healthy share of the credit for many of these advances. It boldly proclaimed the cause of Middle East democracy at a time when few in the West thought it had any realistic chance."


If I can't count on the NYTimes to damn anything with an (R) next to it, I might be forced to rethink this whole "liberal bias" thing.
THE FORMALITIES OF IM

Check out this study of college kids and their IM habits. What's interesting is their surprise at the use of good grammer. Of course, nobody wants to be on IM and talk like a damn fool. Sure you might shorten the language abit but you it's still a step above morse code and theres certainly no excuse for not using full words and good grammer.

Monday, February 28, 2005

PIC OF THE DAY

Check out this pic from Lebanon as Beirut is celebrating its own nationalism, following the resignation of the Syrian puppet government. Who knows, maybe Ole Tondar will actually get to visit the Paris of the middle east in the next 10 years. Though credit should be given to the Lebanese people, I wonder what roll the 150,000 U.S. troops stationed along Syria's Eastern border played in allowing these events to unfold...


Another day, another pro-democracy revolution. Posted by Hello
NBA MID-SEASON REPORT

At this point of the season it looks like we are on a collision course, between the San Antonio Spurs and the Detroit Pistons. In recent years they have both won championships with good defense and unselfish team play. Assuming there won't be any injuries, look for these teams to face off in June to much pissing and moaning from the ESPN crowd. You can almost hear Stephan A. Smith screaming about it now. But as for the rest of the league there's alotta teams that are either too young (Cleveland, Seattle, Chicago) or just don't seem to keep up on the defensive end (Phoenix, Dallas, Miami). But anyways, here is a breakdown of some of the teams around the league, as I tear back the slamma-jamma-in-yo-face ESPN approach and look at things from a more statistical approach.
EASTERN CONFERENCE
DETROIT PISTONS

These days, this is the team to beat in the NBA. The only question is, have they peaked too soon? Hopefully, we can simply compare this to their massive 13 game winning streak from last season. As for this season, they have finally overcome their earlier injuries and have found a rhythm within the NBA's new handcheck rules. Plus, they finally seemed to have worked out their bench woes with Hunter, McDyess, and Arroyo rounding out their 8 man rotation. This is certainly gonna be one of those years where the champs are the best team until somebody knocks them off. Plus, with all the playoff experience this team has together, teams like Miami and Philadelphia are really gonna have a hard time coming together against this unit. But don't take my word for it. Check out Marc Stein's powerrankings for this week.
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Well it's nice to see Allen Iverson get the back up that he finally needs. Of course he ran Stackhouse outta town on a rail, and I don't expect Webber to lie down and play second fiddle to the A.I. Show. However, you still gotta believe that Philadelphia has now made themselves a serious player in the Eastern Conference. If they can work out their team chemistry this is a team that could go deep into the playoffs this year. In addition, it will most certainly be right up there next year as the young Kyle Korver and Andre Iguodala get better with age. Sure Webber could get popped by the injury train and go the way of Larry Johnson, but in the meantime the 76ers are gonna demand alotta attention as they make the Atlantic Division respectable.