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, April 16, 2005

PIC OF THE DAY


For those of you who are not native English speakers, there is a VERY BIG difference between the phrases, "I will fuck you" and "I will fuck you up."  Posted by Hello
CONCLAVE WATCH

Not that you're voting, or anything, but if you happen to be interested in Papal candidates check out the front page of New Advent. Of the course the Americans are all at the bottom representing the least unlikely candidates. It's funny 500 years ago they always took Popes from the great centers of power such as Rome or Florence. However, these days the See of Peter actually requires the opposite. Talk about wrong place, wrong time for American Cardinals. But anyways be sure to check out the word on fellow Grand Rapids native, Edmund Casimir Cardinal Szoka. Before all positions within the Church were thrown into flux, Cardinal Szoka served as the Governatorate of Vatican City.
WHY ESPN CAN SUCK IT PART ??

Once again ESPN is out there promoting Slamma Jamma In Yo Face Action, as they rundown their season end awards of those that can "put the nuts to yo face." And surprise surprise, only one Piston was nominated (Tayshaun for Most Improved).

Though personally this is why I have taken to reading the SI.com NBA Page more often. ESPN has gotten rid of every other writer except Marc Stein and the pay-to-play Chad Ford. While on the other hand the coverage at SI seems to be more game focused (aka not finding highlights for Sportscenter). Thus you have several pieces a week from Kelly Dwyer that hit the nail on the head and actually focus the only stats that matter, wins and losses.
ASIAN INVASION SWINGS EAST

In search of better Pootang, Frank takes an East Coast Swing...

"To All:

I will be out in DC Wednesday, May 4 through Sunday May 8th.

Send me an email or give me a call if you are going to be in DC around that time, and want to meet up. I am definitely up for meeting and having a few drinks!"

Friday, April 15, 2005

PIC OF THE DAY


No time to rest, there's work to be done! Posted by Hello

Thursday, April 14, 2005

STALKING MADE EASY

Pigpen discovered a new Yahoo Maps feature. Be sure to click on Satallite. Stalking's never been this easy. I can actually find my hiding spot before I even leave the hizzy.
RACISTS UNDER EVERY ROCK

Recently Jermaine O'Neal of the Indiana Pacers called the NBA and David Stern racist for wanting to impose an age limit of 20 years of age on the NBA. Personally, I think this would be great as it would improve the quality of play, while allowing REAL talent to develop. In fact, there are so many reasons to disagree with O'Neal that I went trolling for somebody to call him an idiot. Though unfortunately, Scoop Jackson seemed to be down with the uneducated O'Neal. University of Michigan graduate Seth, put Jermaine right in his place...

"Umm...Jermaine, I've read the Constitution and there's nothing in there
to even hint that a company can't require its workers to have a college education.

That's not racism, it's dumb-ism. And age discrimination.

Now, there's no reason that if the NBA wanted, that they shouldn't be allowed to draft 18-year-olds. Under 18 they're into problems of child labor laws, but with a parental/guardian waiver, they can legally go down to 16.

And as much as I hate age discrimination, the corollary to that is that the NBA, or any organization, can also choose to impose an age limit. I agree that the nation is a bit screwy if they think a man is physically developed enough at 18 to serve in the military but not in athletic competitions at their highest capacity. I'm with ya, man. In the wars fought since Napolean, those under 21 years of age have an alarmingly statistical higher rate of casualties, even when rank and experience
are removed. Among those 15-17, it's even worse. If you're making the case that the NBA is indicative of whether or not teenagers should be asked to spill blood in defense of this country, I'm all ears. I might disagree, though.

Nobody's denying that some 18-year-olds can compete. But you should be well aware, Jermaine, of the fact that high schoolers can take up three years to develop. Pro Basketball would not be the first industry to say, "look, there's a great program in our field in most every university in the country; go get some experience first."

It's a weeder. I could have gone right from high school and been where I am at my current profession perhaps two years ago. But that means there would have been three years where they were paying me while I grew up into it. And there was little guarantee, for all the editing talent and trophies from MIPA that I had, that I would have the maturity and work ethic to exist in the corporate atmosphere. You can suggest other ways to fix their problems: say, by creating a minor league system (which I think would be a waste of athletics).

It's frustrating; I know. You're stuck in college, broke as the bum who's drinking your beer on your porch, when you could be making big bucks. That's at least two years without a multi-million dollar contract. You could get injured, or fall down a depth chart, and your family will never get a dime. I get it.

We all go through it.

But keep in mind that you have a much better chance of going from 18 to 20 with your talent still intact than an NBA team does in having an unproven high schooler become everything they expected. Who knows; maybe you don't have what it takes and just had a hot season your senior year. Or you're great at dunking over 6'0 high school kids but can't score at all against fellow big men.

Don't forget that for someone with enough talent to be drafted by the NBA right out of high school, college is free. If you get hurt, they'll still give you a free education. Having great natural athleticism doesn't mean someone has to hand you a check. So knock off the woe is me crap, especially when you start making false accusations of racism because a majority of high school draftees are black.

Nobody's doing this to give a boost to the Caucasian kids. The NBA's goal is to make a better product, and the company has determined that improving its hiring practices could help fix some of the problems in development, coachability of players, and the overall professionalism of its workforce. Fans don't buy the tickets that fund those mega contracts because they're under some obligation to reward talent. They do it because they enjoy seeing their team playing good basketball. That's the motive. And if you want to argue whether an age limit will improve the product, do so. But at least attack them for what they are.

Perhaps, Jermaine, if you'd gone to college, you might have learned exactly what motivates an industry in a capital market. You also might have learned what racism is, or how to formulate an argument against a practice that you find unfair. The invitation was there, and unlike most of us who didn't question whether higher education was necessary to succeed in a complex society, it wouldn't have cost you a friggin' dime."
NOT THAT HYDRATED

Looks like you can drink too much water. This latest story in the NYTimes warns against drinking too much water during athletic activity...

"The risks to athletes from drinking too much liquid have worried doctors and race directors for several years. As more slow runners entered long races, doctors began seeing athletes stumbling into medical tents, nauseated, groggy, barely coherent and with their blood severely diluted. Some died on the spot.

In 2003, U.S.A. Track & Field, the national governing body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking, changed its guidelines to warn against the practice.

Marathon doctors say the new study offers the first documentation of the problem."


I've actually known about this for weeks after Miss Allison told me of her water poisoning incident. Not like I needed another reason, but it's certainly a good incentive to stick with PBR and scotch.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

PIC OF THE DAY


I don't think I wanna know Posted by Hello
PIC OF THE DAY

Is that Paulie?


Some might say he's cute. I'd just call him a COCKSUCKER! Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

WHY NOT BOTHER WITH IRAN?

Pigpen disagrees with yet another U.S. intelligence decision by the CIA...

"My question is simple, WHY? Afterall, in the words of Duck Dunn, "if the shit fits wear it." Seems to me that it fit very well in this case. Apparently the powers that be think that all we need to infiltrate Iran is the clever Robert Smeigel cartoons with Osama in addition to the arab costumes from the D12 video "My Band." Seriously though, it seems like this was money well spent for once."
NOT DOWN WITH FALWELL

Seth expresses something less than Christianly feelings for Rev. Falwell. From the Seth Archives 3/29/05...

"People are saying he's going to die today or tomorrow.

There are some people who try to do good all their lives, but are just misguided.

There are also people like Jerry Falwell, who usurp the name of G-d to denigrate others and feel good about themselves. The man made a great punchline in life, but I don't want to laugh at anyone facing the end of their days on Earth.

I surely don't hate him; not with the white-hot anger I can't deny at some of the bigger tools of the business right, nor the outright revile I reserve solely for Osama bin Laden and his ilk. However, I can't muster any more respect for Jerry Falwell now, at his end, than before. I'm sure there will be millions of his compatriots and fellow bullies who will mourn his passing, so surely he can do without my tears. Which is a good thing, because I can't say a world without the contemptuous Jerry Falwell is such a bad prospect."


On this issue I shall simply defer to Aquinas.
KISS UP KICK DOWN

Seth's not too keen on John Bolton becoming the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Money Quote...

"Sen. Joseph F. Biden, Jr., D-Del., who is leading the fight to block the nomination, responded angrily to the accusation of mistreatment. Anytime a senior official calls in a lower-level one "and reams him a new one," he said, "that's just not acceptable."
SETH'S MOVIE IDEA

Seth has an idea for an upcoming Made-for-TV special...

McCarthy!
(Produced By Major League Baseball)

Featuring:
Mark McGwire as Humphrey Bogart
Jose Canseco as Ronald Reagan
Alex Sanchez as an actor blacklisted for having a commy brother-in-law
Jason Giambi as Julius Rosenberg
Barry Bonds as Harvey Messwik
Bud Selig as J. Edgar Hoover
and introducing John McCain as Joseph McCarthy.

Coming soon to a cable news channel near you.
POLL POSITION DOWN

Seth sent along this interesting column from Terry M. Neal that discusses President Bush's recent slip in the polls. Personally, I would blame the approval rating on the price of gas and the Schiavo case. Christians, libertarians, and Christian-libertarians were all none too happy with the President's and GOP's effort in that situation. But on the other hand, Neal also brought up a point about the Democrats that I have been making to Seth for months. The Republicans can screw up pretty much as bad as they want because...

"The Republican triumph of 2004 was less about the electorate's overwhelming love for the Bush agenda than it was about the failure of Kerry and the Democrats to present an enticing and viable alternative and a cohesive vision for the future.

As it stands today, there's little evidence -- outside of the Social Security issue -- that the Democrats have changed all that much since Kerry's defeat in November. They don't appear positioned to take advantage of Bush's dropping poll numbers any more than Republicans are queuing up behind the president as a strong leader of the party. It seems in some ways that both parties are doing their best to lose."


I know I held my nose and voted for Bush.
MORE VATICAN NEWS

From James...

"Not papal gossip, but important issues facing the Holy See. This is one of the reasons i favor clerical marriage. it will stop abuse scandals, which alienate the already crumbling occidental church, as well as stop the financial bleeding. Plus it can aid a reunion with the eastern churches (which i think is eventual at this point).
SOD OFF SWAMPY

Check out this delightful tail of a hippy protest gone awry. Also, be sure to check out the merchandise celebrating Swampy's beat-down. Each your heart out Seth and Kyoto.

Monday, April 11, 2005

SANTO SUBITO?

During the Papal funeral last week people in the crowd held signs proclaiming "Santo Subito" or "Saint Immediately." Though very nice, I thought these were a bit premature. However, it seems there are reports from the Vatican that connecting John Paul II to several miracle throughout the world. Of course they have to be fully investigated. But it does make a strong case for the beloved pontiff to actually become un santo subito.


The emotional crowd at St. Peter's waves goodbye to John Paul II. Posted by Hello
CONCLAVE WATCH

The AJC has photo rundown of 10 of the possible papal candidates. The first is Cardinal Arinze, the African. I also found it interesting that they had the Ukranian Patriarch included in the list.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

ME FAIL ENGLISH...THAT'S UNPOSSIBLE!

Pigpen shows us why public schools are failing...

"My wife's English class wrote research papers that she was grading last weekend worth 40% of the semester grade. For those unfamiliar with the situation, my wife is student teaching AP literature at Union High School in Grand Rapids. It is also to be noted that a high percentage of her students BARELY speak english.

8 seperate kids got 0's for straight up plagerism (all the same internet paper)...ctrl+C action. Right down to the works cited page ("See Appendix I" tipped the whole thing off).

Most of the plagerists blamed my wife because she didn't tell them it was wrong and because she didn't catch it when she SKIMMED the rough drafts.

One kid wrote a page and a half off the top of his head in which Gerald Ford (spelled Garald) was the inventor of the moving assembly line process. Also according to him the color blue was non-existant in the 1920's and therefore F. Scott Fitzgerald is wrong in his description of Gatsby's car because it was blue. He received a whopping 13%.

A girl consistantly wrote about "Al Coupon" and "The Great Gutsy" - as we discussed, she had too much dependence on spellcheck.

One guy prattled on about the Japanese and the atomic bomb - this was a research paper about the 1920's. I beleive the quote was "Hello Japan, ever heard of the A-bomb?" Not really sure what that has to do with the 20's or even the topic he chose to write about.

Lots of swear words written - when told that it was unacceptable they had no clue why.

A hispanic gentleman pointed out that Sarah was "greedy" for requiring all papers to be in on the due date otherwise she was taking points off for being late.

The last kid to turn it in, turned it in 4 days late and copied from 4 seperate internet articles and still had the balls to ask why it was plagerism if he cited it.

Most plagerists didn't understand why it was plagerism because they gave the girl who wrote the college level paper credit for writing it.

Most people who did write their own stuff and used the internet as a source either cited it; The Internet, www.geocites.com or www.yahoo.com, nevermind that one is a personal page host and the other is asearch engine.

High School juniors and AP no less, and this is a crap she got. Only about 50% bothered to turn it in in the first place.

50% didn't bother
25% didn't bother but turned in something
25% actually wrote a decent paper

Math tells me that 75% got D or lower

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you GRPS."

Tondar once dated a clown haired hottie that went to that school. She dumped me so she could open a baby factory. Totally irrelevant, but thought I'd throw it in since were hatin' on Union High School.
GEORGE WILL ON JOHN PAUL II

Check out this George Will peice that stands out amongst all the praise the Holy Father has received over the last week. Money quote:

"Our age celebrates the watery toleration preached by people for whom "judgmental" is an epithet denoting an intolerable moral confidence. John Paul II bristled with judgments, including: The inevitability of progress is a myth, hence the certainty that mankind is wiser today than yesterday is chimeric."
TIGERS 2005 PREVIEW PT III

From Seth...

"Some people say that a Pitcher wins baseball games.

Well, that's not true. Teams win baseball games; pitchers lose them.

And on this staff, there's a lot of guys who've lost quite a few of them. Basically, this is a great staff for a bad team or a mediocre staff on a good team. There's no-one here who's going to dominate, but if the hitting's everything it's cracked up to be, the pitchers only need be consistent.

Last year, our bullpen got blamed for a lot of the losses, especially as the season wore on. Well, the Tigers addressed the spot over the offseason. Some are optimistic. I'm not so sure.

Starters:

LHP Mike Maroth
RHP Jeremy Bonderman
LHP Nate Robertson
RHP Jason Johnson
LHP Wil Ledezma
Alt: Matt Ginter
Alt: Nate Cornejo

Bullpen:

RHP Troy Percival
RHP Ugueth Urbina
LHP Jeff Farnsworth
LHP Jamie Walker
RHP Franklyn German
RHP Fernando Rodney



Starters:

This is a squad that's been growing up together in the worst of circumstances, but they somehow seem to be coming out all right. Lefty starter Mike Maroth could have been ruined two years ago with those 21 losses. But he got better last year, and keeps doing so. He's had a better-than-solid spring - an awesome spring - and has thus emerged as a solid starter. He could start on any team, and while he doesn't have the recognition for All-Star appearances, he could very well have the stats. He said himself that the pressure has never been on him because people thought he had limited talent. That is, until someone notices he had the 3rd-best quality start (Pitch 6 innings with 3 or less earned runs) to starts ratio in the league. 1st was Randy Johnson. 2nd was Pedro Martinez. Nice company.

Jeremy Bonderman is another guy who could have been spoiled by 2002. He was just 20 when Trammell threw the hurler against big league hitters and one of the worst teams ever in baseball behind him. But he came through, progressed last year, and is also having a great spring. His slider or sinker or whatever that thing is (you gotta see it in person. Shades of Hideo Nomo's forkball but with lateral movement...eerie) is one of those pitches that guys will be talking about his whole career, hopefully so much that they overlook his fastball. He added a changeup this offseason that was only in its infancy last year and since he started using that has been unstoppable. Bonderman is a Cy Young waiting to happen, and more than one person has come away from him saying "Next Roger Clemons" Problem is, the Tigers aren't the best place to develop such talent. Perhaps that will change. He still needs to find a way to change his pitch speed without losing movement or getting out of that groove, because his 2nd time through the lineup a lot of times the opposition has him figured out. The changeup helps, but if he learns pitch speed variation he'll be untouchable.

Nate Robertson came up through the Tigers' system and surprised everybody by becoming an effective left-handed starter at the major league level last year. He finally got going in the end of Spring Training, but he's kind of a streaky guy anway. Look for him to have a hot month later this summer. He's got a great 92 mph fastball that he knows how to locate down and away, and a slider/curveball to complement it against left-handers, but when he really comes alive is when that changeup is working for him. When he's down, it's because the changeup is hanging high.

Jason Johnson was the only Tiger to really disappoint last season. He was always a decent starter in Baltimore but lost some consistency in Detroit, playing a bit under his ability in several games. It wasn't that he got tired; he seemed to lose focus. He's not uber-talented, but he's a solid 5th man on a good team. His upside is that which he's reached before: a smart pitcher who can give you three quality starts in four tries. But if this Spring was any indication, he's not a top-2 pitcher.

Wilfredo Ledezma is the 3rd lefty starting for Detroit and an interesting story. We picked him up a few years ago as a Rule 5 pick, which means we get to take him so long as he plays so many games in the majors from another team that wasn't playing him in the majors. Well, he's earned his chance at the show now, with some stellar pitching late last season and showing a lot of growth. He's young and makes young guy mistakes, but this was a great pick-up a few years ago that should bring dividends if used correctly.

Matt Ginter was picked up last night from the Mets for Steve Colyer. I'll try to talk about him later. Colyer was a great southpaw arm that never picked up accuracy to make good on his huge potential. He also struggled against left-handed hitters, which for a leftie is like a prudish hooker. Ginter supposedly is another Robertson - a young starter with decent potential who can get streaky, according to Umanov. I haven't seen him play before.

Nate Cornejo got a lot of people excited when he was in the high minors as the next great pitching prospect. He throws decently hard but they're all variations of a moving fastball that can get eaten up if not thrown right. He's kind of an enigma - someone whose stats should be a lot worse considering the walks and homers he gives up. I guess he's good at situations. Anyway, he's not been a great starter for us so we'll see if he can fulfill a reserve or long relief role. I think we could turn him into a great 2-inning reliever, but who has the time or patience.


Bullpen:

The Tigers won and lost games with their bullpen last year; or should I say, they LOST games with their bullpen. If we had converted the league average of save attempts last season, we would have been over .500. That's a pretty poor showing. Well, this year we got some help.

The name of that help is Troy Percival, the shut-down, championship-winning, go-to guy from the Anaheim Angels. Not a kid anymore, Troy can be trusted, if not over-used, to win us some games in the late innings. At best, he's the difference in 30 games. He's not Mariano Rivera, but he's one of the guys you can trust to get it done.

Ugueth Urbina is the most-oftened mentioned name in Tigers trade rumors, but it's dumb. He was our closer last year and we brought it Percival, so logically Ugi is tradeable, right? Are you kidding? He wasn't the culprit last year, but not having a set-up man often was. We lost games in the 7th and 8th innings and he's a career 7th and 8th innings kind of guy. His fastball slowed dangerously low this spring, but if he returns to form, he could be a very helpful guy to have around to make sure Percival even gets a shot.

Jeff Farnsworth throughout his career with the Cubs has been either over- or under-hyped. At one time he was their next superstar closer. Then he was a goat for not becoming a superstar closer. The fact is, he can throw a 97-mph fastball that he can locate down and in. He also has a breaking ball that drives left-handed hitters nuts but is ineffective against righties. Still, if Percival gives us the 9th, and Ugi can take over the 8th, Farnsworth can solidify the 7th. Think of it as having two less innings per game that we have to worry about.

Jamie Walker is a guy that came up through the Tigers never expecting to be any better than a mid-range reliever. But he's consistent, if consistently mediocre. When we were shorter on lefties, Walker had to shoulder too many innings. He can throw smart and get left-handed batters out, and with a better bullpen I would like to see him becoming one of those late-inning relieves you bring in to get one guy out. Problem is, he's usually doesn't hit his stride with the first hitter. If he can do that, all the better. Otherwise, he's there to give Farnsworth a break once in awhile.

Franklyn German (pronounced "Hare-MONN"is the third Tigers regular to come from that Jeff Weaver trade I admittedly had my doubts about. What nobody has any doubts about is German's potential and the fact that he hasn't come close to reaching it yet. He's big and has a weird wind-up that throws batters off. That's nice, because when the pitch comes, it comes fast and with good movement. But German goes into stretches where he can't locate and isn't going to out-smart hitters so much as overpower them. Then again, you can teach smarts; and the arm is there. But German was a goat at times last season and in a pennant race, nobody's going to have any patience this time around.

Fernando Rodney has two pitches: a fastball, and a freakin' unbelievable did-you-see-that fastball. One goes about 90 mph and he can throw it with accuracy from a variety of arm positions. The other goes 104 mph and you're lucky if it doesn't take your head off. He used to throw a slider, but he never got the mechanics down when he was healthy. He's been injured since last year and won't return to the lineup for a month or so, but when he does, it'll be nice to see him. We can't keep him in the minors anymore, partly because of Rule 5 and partly because his 0.65 ERA and un-godly WHIP against AAA hitters just isn't fair anymore. Of course, MLB hitters can connect with anything.


Overall, I'd say we could use another reliever, but Ginter might become a good enough starter to allow Ledezma to fulfill that role. If Bonderman becomes the star we think he'll be, we're just one star pitcher away from having a shot at post-season glory. Trouble is, not many are available. The Yankees out-spent us for Carl Pavano, which is the guy we coveted, and it was a good non-move to not go after someone of lesser quality. People don't give up aces lightly, so we might have to wait for one of our star minor leaguers, like the rapidly rising Kyle Sleeth, to break out in 3 years for Bonderman to have a home-grown compatriot.

As for this season, you never know. This isn't a bad team anymore, but they're capable of anything from a repeat of last season to a late-season run at the American League Central Championship, depending on how the Twins fare and barring a surprise attack from the young Indians and growing-younger ChiSox. The Royals, well, their season was over before it began in my opinion. The questions will be how does the bottom half of the rotation hold up, can we avoid injuries, and can the offense remain consistent. Like basketball, when you build a team on offense like this, consistency is tough to come by. You could gel and end up champions or fall apart just as easily. My guess is over 162 games, someone's going to get injured that we can't lose (Guillen?), someone's going to have a career season that we never expected (Inge?), and we'll end up 2nd behind the Twins in the Central and 4th or 5th in a race for the Wild Card spot that we were never really in. However, that means meaningful games in September, which is all I ask of this team now."
JAMES' PAPAL PREDICTION

From the James Archives 4/5/05...

"Its kinda surreal being in vegas, waking up after fighting off strippers trying to get some (yeah, its like that), and finding out the pope just died. its still quite shocking for someone who lived their whole life under john paul II, but i would also like to discuss what i liked and didn't, and what i want to see in the next pontiff.

what i liked: the humanitarian. the man stood for human rights for all people. he wouldn't travel to south africa during apartheid, even though its not a bastion of catholicism. that's class. i like how he tried to build bridges of peace and tolerance among the different religions of the world, even though it would have been too easy in a post 9-11 world to restart the crusades.

what i didn't like: the unadaptability. abortion is a sin, the church isn't backing down on that. but why is birth control a sin? birth control avoids the conditions that lead to abortion. it also avoids overpopulation, which causes war and death. with the decline of priests in the western world, we also saw a rise of child molestation. to introduce clerical marriage would have boosted the number of priests (now reaching critical low-mass) stopped the recruitment of sexual deviants, and also help bridge the gap between the catholic church and the east orthodox churches (who have always allowed clerical marriage). i personally believe that this is the single biggest issue for the next pontiff. the eastern churches are crumbling. russia's church is under more trouble now than during communism. why? because russia's population decline is reaching staggering proportions. in 20 years there will be something like 50 million fewer russians. they have the highest rate of population shrinkage in the world. who will fill that gap? countries with low education; high birth rates. countries like turkey, saudi arabia, and islamic fundamentalist regimes. now is the time when the eastern churches need the solidarity and support of the west. if we allow clerical marriage, i believe they might switch to the gregorian calendar (orthodox churches still use the julian calendar), and return to one catholic church.

as far as future pontiffs go, i would really like to see a latin pope. it is their time to shine. much like rome of old, the roman catholic church is ruled by the people. when gaul came into prominence in the empire, gauls became emperor. when egypt rose in the ranks, egyptians rose through the senate to become emperor. for many years the italians, being diplomatic because of their situation in europe (struggling between french and german hegemony) sat astride the chuch. now the latins are contributing more and more to the number of priests globally, and i believe that they are also poised to make the reforms necessary for the church to convert islam in the 21st century (as well as reconvert the occident)."


James is correct that it would be nice to see a pope representing the Latin world, especially considering that Brazil and Mexico have the largest Catholic populations. However, Ole Tondar sees the biggest problem facing the Church as the decline in North America and Europe. I think the most important role for the new Pope is to be able to stand up to the secular beauracrats of the European Union and stop the moral rot of hedonism. If this can be accomplished by somebody from Africa, Mexico, or South America, that would be great. But personally, I hope the Church will go with another European. Like picking Karol Wojtyla from behind the iron curtain, I think the Church must pick a leader that comes from the West and can bring Christ back into our hedonistic hearts.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Frank on the night he played da pimp and took 6 Asian hotties to the techno club...

"She got her pussy juice all over the backseat of my car. Don't worry, I had a Mexican clean it the next day."



Over New Years Frankie was even workin' it in the LBC: "Frank had his sin in her pi-ho and she roved him fo rong long in bathloom." Posted by Hello
MEXI-SHOWDOWN ON THE BUFORD HIGHWAY

The Buford highway is about a mile from where I work. It runs from Atlanta to various barrios on the cities northeast side. Check out this story about a showdown between MARTA and Ratoncito bus drivers. Money quote...

"Everyone knows us as the little gray mouse," he said. "Now we're painting the buses yellow and we're going to be the lions of Buford Highway."


Only a latin could say something like THAT. Dios mio, man.
SETH ON DeLAY

From Seth...

"Apparently, the only reason DeLay is facing ethics probes all over the place isn't because he made ethics violations but because the Omega Force is out to topple Conservative leaders. Actually, Tom, the reason you're in trouble is because you committed ethics violations."

One would think that if DeLay was going to be such an outspoken leader of the GOP he would keep his affairs a bit cleaner.
BROTHERS CAN BE SO ALIKE

Seth, not being able pass up a chance to badmouth a Bush, sent along this little piece about Jeb Bush's antagonistical political style.
STICKIN' IT TO THE NYTIMES

If you're into irony, check out this NYPost editorial lecturing the NYTimes about journalistic integrity. Like the obituary for the Pope, it seems the Times was having problems getting both sides of a story. Sure the Post may be sensational, but ya gotta love it when they stick it to their circulation rival.
BULLSEYE

With the playoffs right around the corner, it's a good idea to focus on some of the teams the Pistons may have to fight through in defense of their title. Check out this Kelly Dwyer piece on the Chicago Bulls. Plus giving up only 93.7 ppg makes them 7th in league in team defense (the Pistons are tied with Memphis for 2nd at 90.1 ppg.