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, August 27, 2005


From Pigpen...

"This really sums up the actuality of the Iraq situation - I just don't know why the moderate Dems have all ran and hid - They've been gone since Clinton left. Why in politics is it that the middle is the neglected majority, I bet there is way more purple than red or blue people out there. And another thing, if this type of Dem behavior keeps up and/or escalates then they will be right in turning this into another Veitnam - but only in the disrespect towards the service personel. There has been 1800 killed in Iraq and it's wah wah wah - yet that is still 10's of 1000's less than ANY other american conflict save desert storm. Why is it that intitally everyone thinks the cause is right and just, but the second someone dies it's a quagmire (giggity-giggity) and we shouldn't be there. How is one casualty in a war too many. My dad remembers when 10x the 1800 mentioned above died in 1 day in Veitnam. Why are the vocal people stupid...or why are stupid people the ones who are vocal?"

Pigpen raises a great point about Iraq being turned into another Vietnam. As we see the socialist left rally to the cause of "injustice." The rest of the nation is left as the silent majority. Most Americans understand the importance of America's prestige that is on the line in our effort to bring democracy to the heart of the Middle East. However, every morning I am greeted by the MSM's casualty update as they try to turn the country against war and stir up controversy by pitting left vs. right. It's sad, and one can certainly see the effects of this propaganda manifest itself as war-weariness on our democracy as those less interested in the affairs of state are being poisoned on the war.

In retrospect, I think many mistakes have been made in the management of the war. However, much of this is trying to put a happy P.C. face on something that is an inherent but also a necessary evil. In addition, Donald Rumsfeld misjudged the post-war occupation period. I agree, it is important not to have an overwhelming presence or "footprint" left on Iraq. But I think it can be agreed at this point that more troops actually were necessary. But for such an inarticulate President as Bush, admitting mistakes is difficult with the vocal left and the MSM both waiting to pounce. In spite of all of this, it is important to finish the work we started in Iraq. That is why I was so intrigued by Russ Feingold's "deadline." It is a great way to finish the mission while keeping the MSM and the ignorant masses satisfied about an actual end to the war.

But anyways, this Mark Steyn piece is one of the best editorial is a must-read on the unhinging of the left. Money quote...

"On unwatched Sunday talk shows, you can still stumble across the occasional sane, responsible Dem. But, in the absence of any serious intellectual attempt to confront their long-term decline, all the energy on the left is with the fringe. The Democratic Party is a coalition of Pat Sheehans and Cindy Sheehans, and the noisier the Cindys get the more estranged the Pats are likely to feel."

I also liked this line, just because it's so right-on...

"I get many e-mails from soldiers in Iraq, and they sound a lot more grown-up than most Ivy League professors and certainly than Maureen Dowd, who writes like she's auditioning for a minor supporting role in ''Sex And The City.''

From Frank...

"I did a cursory review of what I found online about Mel Gibson. It appears that I was wrong; Mel Gibson is not part of Opus Dei (which is approved by the Church, it appears):

From a cursory review of what I found with a simple Google search, he appears to be a traditionalist Catholic, which under most definitions means that they have left the Church over Vatican II. The info about all of this though seems less than authoritative though, with some of it seeming like supposition more than anything else.

An interesting side-note-I dated a girl in LA who attended mass with Gibson on a number of occasions. I always assumed that her and her family was in a Vatican-approved Church, though more conservative than most. It appears her family was even more conservative than I thought."

I did a bit of research on my own and found this NYTimes Magazine piece. Take it or leave it. But here's a brief explanation...

"Gibson appears increasingly driven to express a theology only hinted at in his previous work. That theology is a strain of Catholicism rooted in the dictates of a 16th-century papal council and nurtured by a splinter group of conspiracy-minded Catholics, mystics, monarchists and disaffected conservatives -- including a seminary dropout and rabble-rousing theologist who also happens to be Mel Gibson's father.

Gibson is the star practitioner of this movement, which is known as Catholic traditionalism. Seeking to maintain the faith as it was understood before the landmark Second Vatican Council of 1962-1965, traditionalists view modern reforms as the work of either foolish liberals or hellbent heretics. They generally operate outside the authority or oversight of the official church, often maintaining their own chapels, schools, seminaries and clerical orders. Central to the movement is the Tridentine Mass, the Latin rite that was codified by the Council of Trent in the 16th century and remained in place until the Second Vatican Council deemed that Mass should be held in the popular language of each country. Latin, however, is just the beginning -- traditionalists refrain from eating meat on Fridays, and traditionalist women wear headdresses in church. The movement seeks to revive an orthodoxy uncorrupted by the theological and social changes of the last 300 years or so."

From Pigpen...

"And yet he enlisted AFTER Sept 11. Where did you think you were gonna go, dude? By the way check out that ridiculous hat he's sportin'. According to my buddy in the Navy, recruiters can't do a whole lot of anything. Around GR their only job is to garner interest and get you to the actual facility in Detroit where you get a physical and enlist. Who's this twinkie think he is that it's more blah blah blah slanted views. Oh and he's probably gonna go to Vancouver to live since he appears to be down with the ganj."

With the NBA season still over 2 months away Seth and I had a little discussion on the Beasts of the East and the revamped Miami Heat. From Seth...

"Keeping pace with Miami will be all about Miami chilling out a bit. Dwayne Wade won't back up a step, but Shaq will tire quicker, and Mourning is really looking old now. One of those two goes out and the 4 doesn't work for them no more. Meanwhile, with ball hogs all along the perimeter, Shaq's effectiveness will be diminished, as will that of Finley and Walker.

There's a whole basketball season ahead of us. For all we know, Darko will become the second coming of Chamberlain this year.

What I see when I look at the Heat is a great team that is very susceptible to a losing streak sometime in the season. Because these are all streak scorers who need the ball to stay hot. Dwayne Wade could be the exception; he can score whenever he gets the ball. But you know Shaq. You know White Chocolate. You certainly know it about Antoine Walker.

If you know how to turn Williams and Walker into team players, then by all means, turn this into a team for the ages. But you and I have seen too many teams built on too many scorers with not enough system to really start gawking at what's going on in South Florida.

This team will have a bad month. And that will make all the difference.

You take away the Number 1 spot in the East and that means you get to face Indiana in the playoffs (remember, Artest is back).

Now, the Pistons can beat Indiana because we always beat Indiana. It's like the Mariners and the Yankees. From Junior Griffey to A-Rod to Randy Johnson to Mike Cameron to Ichiro, none of those great Seattle teams could ever beat the Yanks come playoff time.

And the Heat can beat Indiana 'cause they're bigger and stronger and better.

But either Miami or Detroit will have to play 6 or 7 against that team eventually. And if it's Miami, then I don't think Shaq will have enough left in the tank for Detroit.

Besides, if there's one thing these Pistons have been good at, it's upsetting teams of destiny. Indiana wants to win one for Reggie? Oh, sorry, Detroit's gonna take that series. The Lakers put together a fivesome of certain Hall of Famers? Drat, those Pistons pull off the first-ever 5-game sweep. Shaq goes to Miami, gets re-injected by a super youngster and a team-first group, and stays atop the East all season? Darn, even with the refs firmly on their side they couldn't stop the Pistons from coming into the Heat's court and winning Game 7.

Since nobody is gonna believe me, I'm gonna take this opportunity to get the best odds possible on a team that won the championship two years ago and came within one game last season. I'm going with the Pistons as the 2005-06 champs."

For the most part Ole Tondar agrees. However, I think it's a bit presumptuous to
assume that Miami will implode. In some ways this Heat team reminds me of the Dallas teams of the last few years (especially 2004). The only difference is that Shaq is a better leader than Nowitzki. Wade is more explosive than Steve Nash. And Van Gundy/Pat Riley are a better front office than Don Nelson. But it looks like the new Miami game will be a smoother drive and kick featuring Wade or an inside outside featuring Shaq.

As for the Pistons we should keep in mind that they are another year older and another year removed from their championship. While I like the Dale Davis pick up, he doesn't have the same size as Elden for when it comes to banging Shaq. Also considering the way officiating is trending towards offense, all things being equal, this Miami team just has too much firepower. It's certainly not time to panic. But my eyebrow will be raised to see how things unfold in the first couple of months of the season. If February rolls around and Miami is still firing on all cylinders with Shaq pacing himself for June, at that point we're going to have to bring in a new
offensive oriented 3 or 4 to bring this team up to date for 2006.

But with a new season comes a whole new set of champs, injuries, and trainwrecks. On paper I like this Heat team a lot more than that Laker team of 2004. That was a collection of superstars and super-egos. This one actually fits together like a team. Sure they will have to overcome the egos of White Chocolate and Antoine Walker, but I think these guys are quite mature in their careers and will defer to Shaq and Wade.

If this were a strict continuation of last year, I would take the Pistons. But you throw in the 82 games, and considering the complimentary talent of Miami, I'm going to have to pick them until I see the wheels fall off for myself.

Here's a silly headline for ya...

President Bush Done Vacationing, Ready to Preach to Choir

Noting that his polling numbers are at their lowest when he's soaking up rays and holding political fundraisers for nine weeks in Crawford, Texas, the president has apparently heard the public outcry about the seemingly endless war in Iraq and decided to do something about it.

"The people are worried about Iraq. So I need to tell them not to be worried so much."

True to his word, the president has begun a barnstorming tour across Utah, Wyoming, Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, Indiana, Oklahoma and Texas -- all states in which he won 65 percent or more of the vote. "There are a lot of Americans, I think, who need to be reassured right now that we're on the right track," said Bush. "So I'm going to talk directly to those Americans and let them know that they have nothing to worry about."

The president kicked off his opinion-swaying tour by speaking to a group of Young Republicans and GOP donors in a Salt Lake City church, asking the crowd of carefully screened supporters for their strong support.

"It was very reassuring to have the president tell us directly that Iraq is going well," said Tom Ubanks, who brags that he had more Pro-Bush signs on his lawn during the last election than anyone in his county. "I think all those anti-American liberal scum who say mean things about Freedom saw how much of a hero Bush really is today."

As American death tolls in Iraq mount with no end in sight, pre-war statements and intelligence now pretty much a joke, several war-related scandals hovering over the administration, and inevitable comparisons to Vietnam becoming more apt each day, America's previously unflagging support for the war effort and the president has begun to slip considerably. Meanwhile, prominent Democrats and some moderate Republicans have started to recommend their own plans and timelines for our eventual pullout.

"Those un-American traitors will see how wrong they are," said Jamison Miller, a Kansas insurance agent who recently gave $5,000 to his local Republican Party office to obtain tickets for the president's upcoming stop in Topeka. "And now President Bush is going on the road to drum up support and tell them just how wrong they are!" Miller noted that after seeing Bush speak with 10,000 other died-in-the-wool Bush supporters, he would probably feel different about the war. "I bet you once I hear his reasons, I'll support it even more! Right now, I'm behind him 100 percent, but if the president talked to me personally about how well it's going, I might even give him 110 percent!"

Responding to suggestions that the president begin winning back support by actually returning to Washington and doing something about the war other than use it to get GOP campaign contributions, Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove was candid: "You know how it is when you're ducking a subpoena."

Try runnin' perv and hitting a few of Knoxville's finest adult themed stores next time you're in the County of Knox, Tennessee. That sounds pretty fun! Though in all seriousness, you should check out this piece on the boringness of flyover country and the difference between fun and entertainment. As knoxville (and Tennessee) continue to grow, I am sure we will see a fine emergence of a creative class. Just ask Tres in Nashville. But in the meantime, I guess adventure and self-made fun will have to do the trick for Labor Day.

No, I'm not referencing Ben Shapiro's calls for American Empire. I am talking about the Detroit Lions, and the high expectations placed on the 2005 team. With all those receivers and five years to put the team together, it's about time for Matt Millen's team to start winning. But don't take my word for it because Drew Sharp says it much better.

Kim Passed these on to me...

The top 10 party schools for 2006 are:

1. University of Wisconsin-Madison
2. Ohio University-Athens
3. Lehigh University
4. University of California-Santa Barbara
5. SUNY at Albany
6. Indiana University-Bloomington
7. University of Mississippi
8. University of Iowa
9. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
10. Loyola University, New Orleans

On the opposite end of this scale are the top 10 stone-cold sober schools:

1. Brigham Young University
2. United States Air Force Academy
3. Wheaton College
4. College of the Ozarks
5. United States Naval Academy
6. United States Coast Guard Academy
7. Webb Institute
8. United States Military Academy
9. Grove City College
10. Wesleyan College

No. 1 schools in other categories you won't find on most lists:

* Professors Rated Highest by Their Students: St. John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico

* Toughest College to Get Into: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

* Students Never Stop Studying: Reed College

* Best College Library: Harvard College

* Students Most Satisfied With Financial Aid: Princeton University

* Most Beautiful Campus: Pepperdine University

* Dorms Like Palaces: Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland

* Dorms Like Dungeons: United States Coast Guard Academy

* Best Campus Food: Bowdoin College

* Biggest Fraternity and Sorority Scene: DePauw University

* Most Religious Students: Brigham Young University

* Campus Race/Class Relations Friendliest: Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

* Gay Community Most Accepted: New College of Florida

* Students Lean Most to the Right (Politically): Hillsdale College

* Students Lean Most to the Left: Mills College

* Students Most Supportive of College's Sports Teams: University of Maryland, College Park

The Princeton Review's annual rankings list the top 20 colleges in 62 categories
and are published in the 2006 edition of "The Best 361 Colleges," which also has
two-page profiles on each college with information on academics, student body,
campus life, admission and financial aid.

Well Im ready for football to start again. But where's Seth's college football preview? Posted by Picasa

Friday, August 26, 2005


Speaking of Mark Cuban, check out his latest post on the major dump the NYTimes took on him. The subject matter is a little dry, but what is probably most amusing is that Cuban provides the source material for the NYTimes piece. Anyways, needless to say the article took him out of context and spun his words to make him appear "angry." Now Mark Cuban is certainly a lightning rod and has been called out for much douchebaggery in his time as owner of the Dallas Mavericks. His sideline antics and personnel moves leave much to be desired. However, I think it is a bit over the top for the NYTimes to go after him just because its the popular thing to do. I would attribute this to the mainstream medias need to continuously stir up controversy to keep themselves in business. But I guess, it once again proves one of favorite sayings: "Hatas gonna hate and there ain't nothin' you can do about it."

Over the years one has to wonder if Mark Cuban based his management of the Dallas Mavericks on a successful run he had playing NBA Live. After all, look at the way he collected talent and big contracts without ever really finding complimentary teammates. Well now it looks like Mr. Cuban is starting to grow up and realize the errors of his way. Of course, don't take my word for it. Kelly Dwyer has an interesting piece in SI that reflects on Mr. Cuban's questionable business model.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005


"I believe Mel Gibson is in Opus Dei, which I believe still fall unders the aegis of the Catholic church. If I recall correctly off the top of my head, the Opus Dei is a Jesuit sect from the nineteenth century...Spanish in its origins...they had sway under Franco.

You were right though to associate Gibson to orthodox Catholicism."

Not that I'm certain, but I thought Opus Dei was a club/organization with good standing within the Church similar to the Knights of Columbus. However, I am almost certain Gibson belongs to a schismatic sect. Does anybody else know anything about this?

"and yall hoes aint gave us nothing but plenty of talk and da fucking the front bitch" Posted by Picasa

If you're looking for places to run adventure in Tennessee you might want to check out some of the state parks surrounding Nashville.

Frank takes time from his search for opposite partner love to give Tondar a shout-out...

"I am in SF right now. Everytime when I turn on a rap station on my car radio, they are playing a Ying Yang Twins song. It appears that the United States of Atlanta represent in SF.

The song they repeatedly play has this funny high-pitched, background beat that is repetitious. I find it humorous."

Frankie we bout that bank round here
we smoke neva good gank down here
United State of Atlanta
Frankie we bout dat bread around here
thats how you keep your baby feed down here

Tuesday, August 23, 2005


This goes with the theme of today's blogging. Posted by Picasa

I found this article very interesting because it reveals some of the characteristics of Benedict XVI's reign. Of course there is a natural desire to compare him to John Paul the Great. However, Benedict is taking a more humble approach as he attempts to heal schisms and bring Christ back to Europe.

"To bishops in his native country, where secularism has put down deep roots, he called for new efforts to stem the decline in church influence, but said it must be done without "watering down" the Gospel."

This is very important considering the concessions of the Anglicans while they still continue to lose membership.

Etsuro Sotoo is a sculptor currently working on completing Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

"According to the Japanese artist, the imposing character of the church is not meant to be the display of the proud power of an artist, but a work dedicated and maintained by God, of whom Gaudí regarded himself a collaborator, to the point that he did not want to put his personal name to the project.

Sotoo, who requested baptism in 1989, said that since his conversion, his way of working has not changed, but it "is easier and more secure" and fills him with "pleasure and freedom."

"Gaudí's architecture indicates, it does not oblige, it is something human," Sotoo said. "This is also Jesus' way. He does not oblige us to do anything, but guides us. And this way we can be much happier and secure."

If you ever get the chance go to Barcelona and view this last great cathedral of our modern era. It is beautiful in its combination of mans creation of construction and God's construction of nature.

Looks like schism isn't something that's reserved for protestants or the last days of Rome. Check out this story about Benedict XVI reaching out to the Society of St. Pius X. If I'm not mistaken I believe this is the sect of Catholicism to which Mel Gibson belongs.

Are you a big fan of american cheese? You won't be after reading this.

Monday, August 22, 2005


Labor Day with the Dar is gonna be like a carnival. Can you dig that money? Posted by Picasa

This is an email my boss sent out recently...

"I will be leaving at 2pm today. The last time I was out of the office for the whole day I was told the phones were not being answered, most of you were out of your seats talking for extended periods of time and no one was back here when someone finally came to see why the phones were not being answered. Please handle yourselves just as you would when I'm in the office. As I've told you guys in the past, I'm your supervisor but I'm not the only one watching your actions. Please be mindful of your surrounding and how you are conducting yourselves."

Nobody got to pick anything outta the prize box that day :(

So I caught Russ Feingold on Meet the Press yesterday. It's an interesting study in how the media will mischaracterize somebody's statements for simplicity and partisan fodder (which is exactly what Stephanopoulos did 2 hrs later on ABC to stir up George Allen and Chuck Hagel). Feingold was talking about his withdrawal timeline for Iraq. And I have to admit I was very intrigued by the idea. On the surface he is not setting an absolute day of retreat. What he is really calling for is a timeframe to get the Iraqi Army up and running. While at the same time it allows for flexibility in assessing our progress because the key to the plan is its flexibility to be determined by the Generals. On the other hand, if the plan causes this much confusion now, I can also imagine the backlash when the deadline has come and go, and for some unforeseen reason we are still in Iraq. Nevertheless, I'm down with Feingold in this one because it offers a third way solution between blind support for Bush and typical leftist anti-Americanism that I can see most informed people getting behind.

From a political point of view, this is also one of the most sane moves I have seen out of a democrat since the 2000 election. Never once in his appearance did Feingold engage in the typical ad hominem attacks on the President, trying to re-debate old policy decisions. Instead, he kept his criticism focused on forward thinking solutions and winning the war in Iraq. If voices like his can be heard more often, it will make the dems more viable while putting pressure on the GOP to represent the people again. This is certainly a win-win for America overall.

Well the forces seem to be coming together for Labor Day in Nashville. Tonight I heard from James, and he and Dawn will be road trippin' into the great state of Tennessee. This should be fun. I just hope Tres is working on a great adventure quest for us.

Sunday, August 21, 2005


Guess who's comin' to see Tondar today :) Posted by Picasa

If anybody is interested, I will be in Nashville over Labor Day hanging out with Tres and Miss Allison. If anybody cares to join us you are certainly more than welcome. Also if you are worried about costs. We are planning on keeping things on the financial cool side (store bought meals and liquor), so if anybody decides to make the journey from California, New York or Michigan, the biggest and most severe cost will be transportation itself.

In the legal profession, there is something referred to as the favor bank. Quite often when in a certain field of legal study, many firms and people get a chance to work repeatedly with eachother. Thus it is never wise to be rude or throw people under the bus just for the fun of it. And if you have the chance and won't hurt you or your firm, it is a good idea to help out somebody else with a favor, because you may be in need of one yourself someday. For example, there was a very rude real estate agent in Memphis. The first time she ever called me asking for something she was a complete bitch-ass cunt. Sure I gave her what she wanted but I remembered. Thus the next time she went to pull that on me, I didn't return her phonecalls. When she finally did manage to get me on the line, I informed her that she was requesting attorney-client information that I could not provide. If she wanted anything she would have to wait and retrieve it from the courthouse herself. With attitude she hadn't burned through all of Tondar's good will, and as a consequence missed a crucial deadline of her own. But that is the way the game is played, and certainly the more vindictive sum'bitches like Tondar will not forget a personal foul any time soon.

This brings me to the events of Friday morning, to my horror I realized I had missed a crucial work deadline with the IRS in Nashville. I needed to get papers to their office that day to save my work reputation as a buttkicking master of the universe. Suddenly I remembered that Tres now lived in Nashville. So with a few phone calls and e-mails I was able to get in touch with him. And being a great friend he was able to bend over backwards and go far out of his way to save Tondar's butt. So let me shout-out major props to Tres for coming through for Tondar in the clutch. And also I would like to welcome him to the favor bank. Your help in this matter will not be forgotten.