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.

Friday, October 14, 2005

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

From Cassady (yeah that chick from 1999)...

"Since I didn't get the chance to call you all last night, I wanted to let you know that Jeff Proposed last night!! We are planning on getting Married June 17, 2006. And Mia & Rebecca since you both live outside the US I didn't want to wake you in the middle of the night:) but I'm getting Married!!!:) "

*Squeal* Tee hee hee
THE TIME HAS COME TO SETTLE OUR RIVALRY

Let us meet on the field of battle for the Glory of the Lord.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

PIC OF THE DAY


Will the knights take up the Cross again? Posted by Picasa
HAMILTON ON MIERS

Andrew Sullivan blogged this a few days ago. But I like it better coming from Seth...

"Here's what Alexander Hamilton had to say about Harriet Miers:

(From Federalist Papers No. 76, on how the president should choose
appointments)

"He would be both ashamed and afraid to bring forward, for the most distinguished or lucrative stations, candidates who had no other merit than that of coming from the same state to which he particularly belonged, or of being in some way or other personally allied to him, or of possessing the necessary insignificance and pliancy to render them the obsequious instruments of his pleasure."


Of course Alexander Hamilton thought the Senate would be the states sovereign check on the authority of the central govt. The 17th Amendment made this argument pretty moot. But I guess that's why Bush is certainly not one to be ashamed of the Miers pick.
PENN ST. PREVIEW (IF YOU DARE)

Seth, how are things shaping up for Penn St. this weekend? Are the Nitany Lions in trouble for coming to the big house ranked higher than UM?

"This year, all my tells have gone haywire. We always make it through the season with just one key injury. We always beat Wisconsin. We always lose to MSU if they're undefeated. We always beat Minnesota when...well....we just always beat Minnesota.

Not in '05.

The Wolverines have no more safeties. This isn't Division II or the MAC where you can get away with plugging true freshman cornerbacks in that spot. Even with the best d-backs coach in the NCAA, Ron English, you can't stop Justin King or Brandon Williams without any safeties. They're all gone. Mundy, Englemon, Barringer, Jamar Adams and Jacob Stewart are all injured, and I don't know when we'll get any of them back. That makes us vulnerable deep over the top, with two great PSU receivers, a great strong-arm QB in Iowa, and then Santonio Holmes and Ted Ginn when OSU comes to town. If we win again this year, it'll be because the offense has a few good Saturdays, or we get plain lucky.

Never, never in the years I've watched college football, has a team been this decimated by injury. Only once did a team lose more starters in a season since the death of the V formation, and that's when Marshall's entire team died in a plane crash. At least the Herd got sympathy for that. After what we've done to the Big Ten for the last century, though, we're gonna have as much luck as Jerry Maguire begging NFL GMs for a "favor."

Out: Mundy, Barringer, Englemon, J. Adams, J. Stewart, Trent, McKinnney Long, J. Jackson, Bihl, Arrington, Dutch, Oluigbo, Presley, Allison

Questionable or playing hurt: Massaquoi (broken hand, so can't catch), Hart, Kolodziej (expected back this week), C. Stewart, Stenavich, Watson, Jamison, Woods, Breaston, Lentz (maybe back this week)

We've got a prayer, but that's about it.
CHILDHOOD LESSON, LEARNED

From Seth...

"When we were kids, the first step when we got in trouble was to say we didn't do anything wrong. Thankfully, my parents keyed in on such behavior and stressed taking responsibility for our actions, especially when we'd been caught in the act.

Apparently, Exxon's mommies never taught them the same lesson."

You don't have the luxury of slipping the blame when you're an only child. Whatever goes wrong, you're gonna get a spankin'. Talk outta turn - That's a spankin'. Lose the scotch tape - That's a spankin'. Hide the beating spoon with the aerodynamic hole - That's a spankin' with the hairbrush.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

DRIFT TO THE LEFT

Assuming just for a bit that Harriet Miers is the perfect conservative Justice. It will remain to be seen for how long. Check out this John Fund piece in the OpinionJournal. It really shows the leftward drift of candidates coming to the court without a judicial philosophy...

"After leaving office, Dwight Eisenhower was asked by a reporter if he had made any mistakes as president. "Two," Ike replied. "They are both on the Supreme Court." He referred to Earl Warren and William Brennan, both of whom became liberal icons.

Richard Nixon personally assured conservatives that Harry Blackmun would vote the same way as his childhood friend, Warren Burger. Within four years, Justice Blackmun had spun Roe v. Wade out of whole constitutional cloth. Chief Justice Burger concurred in Roe, and made clear he didn't even understand what the court was deciding: "Plainly," he wrote, "the Court today rejects any claim that the Constitution requires abortions on demand."

Gerald Ford personally told members of his staff that John Paul Stevens was "a good Republican, and would vote like one." Justice Stevens has since become the leader of the court's liberal wing.

An upcoming biography of Sandra Day O'Connor by Supreme Court reporter Joan Biskupic includes correspondence from Ronald Reagan to conservative senators concerned about her scant paper trail. The message was, in effect: Trust me. She's a traditional conservative. From Roe v. Wade to racial preferences, she has proved not to be. Similarly, Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation recalls the hard sell the Reagan White House made on behalf of Anthony Kennedy in 1987, after the Senate rejected Robert Bork. "They even put his priest on the phone with us to assure us he was solid on everything," Mr. Weyrich recalls. From term limits to abortion to the juvenile death penalty to the overturning of a state referendum on gay rights, Justice Kennedy has often disappointed conservatives.

Most famously, White House chief of staff John Sununu told Pat McGuigan, an aide to Mr. Weyrich, that the appointment of David Souter in 1990 would please conservatives. "This is a home run, and the ball is still ascending. In fact, it's just about to leave earth orbit," he told Mr. McGuigan. At the press conference announcing the appointment, the elder President Bush asserted five times that Justice Souter was "committed to interpreting, not making the law." The rest is history.

Harriet Miers is unquestionably a fine lawyer and a woman of great character. But her record on constitutional issues is nil, and it is therefore understandable that conservatives, having been burned at least seven times in the past 50 years, would be hesitant about supporting her nomination."


Makes sense why conservatives are against her when you put it like that. Jim Lindgren has some more analysis over at the Volokh Conspiracy that tipped me off to this historical gem.

Monday, October 10, 2005

PIC OF THE DAY

James asks a question for which he probably doesn't want an answer...

ok, i can't figure it out. it has "natural butter
flavor" but "no butter". wtf? Posted by Picasa
THAT SMURFIN' SUCKS

Nothing like a little Smurfin' fear to scare up support for a UN shakedown...

"The short film pulls no punches. It opens with the Smurfs dancing, hand-in-hand, around a campfire and singing the Smurf song. Bluebirds flutter past and rabbits gambol around their familiar village of mushroom- shaped houses until, without warning, bombs begin to rain from the sky.

Tiny Smurfs scatter and run in vain from the whistling bombs, before being felled by blast waves and fiery explosions. The final scene shows a scorched and tattered Baby Smurf sobbing inconsolably, surrounded by prone Smurfs."


Be sure to check out the smurfifying pic in this article. What the smurf man, WTS?!
DARKO RISES

The FreeP has another update on the progress of Darko Milicic. They seem to be pretty optimistic...

"But it wasn't just about those four games" in the European Championships, Kokoskov said. "It was two months that he played hard. He had two sessions everyday and worked on his abilities. He did great lifting weights and running and basic preparation."

Now, he has showed up in camp with obvious gains from his summer of work."


It looks like Darko will be the 4th frontcourt player off the bench. This could be huge for the team, especially if he turns into a self-starting scoring option off the bench. In my most recent analysis, I have worried about a lack of scorers on this team. However, Darko may be just the man to bring that to the table, assuming Saunders' zone keeps the Pistons top-notch on defense.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

PIC OF THE DAY


Whether this is an album cover or simply a great composition, either way you have to consider it a work of art. Posted by Picasa
STICKIN IT TO BUSH

After the Miers nomination, the gloves are off and the real conservatives are comin' after President Bush. Here is the latest from Ann Coulter. Certainly not her best piece but there are certainly a few money quotes...

Does this sound familiar...

"To be sure, if we were looking for philosopher-kings, an SMU law grad would probably be preferable to a graduate from an elite law school. But if we're looking for lawyers with giant brains to memorize obscure legal cases and to compose clearly reasoned opinions about ERISA pre-emption, the doctrine of equivalents in patent law, limitation of liability in admiralty, and supplemental jurisdiction under Section 1367 Â? I think we want the nerd from an elite law school."


Yeah, that's exactly the same argument brought up last week. Of course I don't have the UM law degree backing me up like Ms. Coulter. However, I also found this argument intriguing because I feel this was one of the true advantages of a liberal Liberal Arts degree at UM....

"Third and finally, some jobs are so dirty, you can only send in someone who has the finely honed hatred of liberals acquired at elite universities to do them. The devil is an abstraction for normal, decent Americans living in the red states. By contrast, at the top universities, you come face to face with the devil every day, and you learn all his little tropes and tricks."


This is certainly one of the greatest personal lessons I learned at Michigan. Being friends with some great liberal minds I came to understand the liberal rhetoric and how to respond as a conservative both antagonistically (like Ms. Coulter) and/or what they would consider "thoughtfully." Let's face it, liberals still define academia and the only way we are going to change this fact is if we find conservatives that know how to play the current game as it exists, while also paving the way for the acceptance of new ideologies. The problem is that, Harriet Miers is not this kind of intellectual conservative.
THE SPREAD OF DUMBSIAN THOUGHT

From Pigpen...

"My wife has a full time teaching job at Comstock Park now. She's got four 9th grade English classes and one 7th grade one at the Junior High. Reason I bring this up is two fold, One because it's good news in a tough market and two because some kid was being a whiny turd yesterday and she busted out the DEAL WITH IT! Sweet."


Well since she took up everyone's favorite Dumbsian quote, here are a few other to teach to the li'l lady...

"I starts with the kissin' to get the Bocephus juices flowin'"

"Well we were gonna go to TGI Fridays but the line was long. So we went behind the Best Buy, and well she exhausted me for about 20 minutes...a.k.a. I boinked her in the cooter."

"I had a "saftey hat" on when i went into the mine"

"I pulled out, took it off she started suckin, I pulled out for the money shot and missed hitting the wall from the middle of the room. Deal with it. She did. 6 inches away and i missed!"
POKIN' FUN AT A BIGGUN

From Seth...

"I think I might know what Shanahan said to Keith Tkachuk on Monday to get him so mad. It was probably one of the following...


Keith Tkachuk is so fat, he slows his whole team down.

Keith Tkachuk is so fat, when he parked himself in front of the net, the refs had him towed.

Keith Tkachuk is so fat, when Shanahan tried to pull his jersey over his head, it got stuck on a jelly roll.

Keith Tkachuk is so fat, they needed a (Doug) Weight to center him.

Keith Tkachuk is so fat, Patrick Roy inquired about wearing him as a goalie pad.

Keith Tkachuk is so fat, the Blues keep taking penalties just to get some space on the bench.

Keith Tkachuk is so fat, they gave him an assist on Eric Brewer's goal for changing seismic patterns.

Keith Tkachuk is so fat, when he plays in Philly, the Liberty Bell is only the 2nd biggest thing in town with a crack in the middle of it.

Keith Tkachuk is so fat, that blue note on his jersey is an entire orchestra

Keith Tkachuk is so fat, when they welcomed him to St. Louis, they had to widen the Arch.

Keith Tkachuk is so fat, he got an obstruction call for blocking the sun

Keith Tkachuk is so fat, they had to dump Pronger just to get the team jet off the ground."
A SAD DAY IN ANN ARBOR

Minnesota 23 Michigan 20


With the coathanger sticking out of the head of UM's football season, should we simply toss the thing in the dumpster and get back to the highschool dance?

I guess what I'm trying to say is do we root for Paterno to beat Michigan this weekend to remain undefeated?

Things to ponder in the decision...

This UM season can only be successful if we beat Ohio State.

If Paterno wins the national championship the Big 10 will remain ellite until UM can return to her throne.

If Paterno wins the national championship he will probably retire...
1) Turning Penn St. into a habitual basement dweller for the Big 10
2) Eliminating national press sympathy
3) Leaving us able to think of them as the Iowa of the East that SHOULD be defeated every year.
KATHERINE WATCH

From Katherine. At least she's not in Botswana...

"Priviet everyone!

Yes, I am alive and well in Russia. I am so sorry that I have not written sooner. I don't have access much to email since we do not have it where I am working or at home, and here there is no such thing as internet cafes or libraries! So, I am at my neighbor's house using it!

Anyway, this is gonna be long since I have been gone for 3 weeks already! I can't believe it! I went to Washington DC first, and I traveled alone seeing the sites for the weekend. I have never traveled alone like that before, so it was kind of depressing to see all of the things by myself. I met all of the other volunteers that won the grant to go to Russia, and the people are so amazing! They all have so much experience with HIV/AIDS and Russia, so I had a great time talking to them and getting to know them for a few days in DC.

I got to go to the Russian embassy for dinner, which was amazing. WoW! It was extravagant, and fun too! I met all kinds of important people from the government and United Nations, so I made some good contacts.

I flew to Moscow later that week and had orientation there for 4 days. I took a Russian language class (intensive!). IT was so damn hard, but I know many things now. THe language is so different from English, so it was really a struggle. I am working on a little more each day, and I am so proud of myself for my mad skills in Russian!

In Moscow, I got to go to the circus which was incredible with monkeys, cats, dogs, elephants, bears, and more. I also went to the ballet which was amazing. Of course I saw Red Square and all of the beautiful arquitecture we see in books and movies. Moscow is a huge city with millions of people, and I was lost walking along the street and ran into a guest speaker from an AIDS organization on the street! I went to the bar with him for dinnner and had some piva (beers). What a small world!

Then I took an 18 hour train ride to my new home of Glazov. WOW! Let me tell you about the "bio-toilette". It is a hole in the toilet that leads to the tracks! So when you pee it goes right down onto the tracks when the train moves! Interesting!

We got to Glazov and were greeting with TV cameras and journalists along with the people of our host organizations. THey had flowers for us, and we were interviewed and on TV! Then we went to our apartment and it is so cute! We live next door to our host, and it is really nice. I can't wait to show you pictures!

We went to dinner to celebrate our arrival, and Russians love vodka! It is made here in my town, and it is really nice. We did toasts all night and had a great time. I have a really wonderful translator, so that is great. I am here with one other American, Tamara who is wonderful! I am so lucky to be with her. We live together and get along great, and she has been studying Russian for 10 years so that is excellent!

Last week we had a press conference and I was on TV everyday and in the papers. I feel like a damn superstar here! It is the best feeling! I sign autographs everyday, since most of these people have never met a foreigner, let alone an American! It is crazy!

Did you know that Russia has the fastest growing rates of HIV cases in the world!?!!? That is crazy! That is why we were sent to Russia to do AIDS work. Also my little town of 100,000 people has the highest rates in the country! So I feel like I am really at the heart of the whole growing epidemic in the world! I am so glad to be here, and I hope to make some big changes before I leave next month. IT is estimated that over 30% of the Russian population will be infected with HIV in 5 years. HOW HORRIBLE! I have so much work to do!

So, I work for a non-profit where I go to several schools and businesses a day and educate them on HIV. I do alot of other work too, which I will mention later.

OK, I know this is long. SO much more to tell, but before I go....I just want to thank you for all of your support and emails. You don't know how much it means. I have experienced some major culture shock here, which is strange for me since I travel frequently and have never had a problem. So please keep my in your thoughts.

I have so much work to do, and the time is already flying. Speaking of time, I am 9 hours ahead of Michigan time! Right now it is 6am on Sunday, and 3pm here! I dont' have a phone, so I won't be calling any of you....sorry. I hope you are all doing well! Please keep in touch and let me know what is going on with you and also the rest of the world since I dont' have access to anything to let me know what is going on.

Miss you all so very much!

Baka! (bye in Russian!

Kat"

Actually there are many places in Europe with the bio-toilette. But I tend to notice that since ole Tondar visits the Baron while standing.
GO EASY ON THEM GOALIES

From Seth...

"I have a message for NHL teams out there:

Stop blaming your goalies for losing to the Red Wings.

Since the last pre-season game in which the Wings played a majority of their starters, and continuing into the first week of the real season, Detroit's scorers have finally been loosed upon the NHL, and opposing goalies are taking the hit.

Let's be fair. Mikka Kiprusoff is a good netminder. He is. It's not his fault the NHL won't allow his team to clutch and grab, and that he can no longer wear a uniform inspired by the Belle Tire mascot. Kippy, as they call him, got pulled tonight in the 3rd after the Wings notched 6 goals against him. But he didn't get it the worst.

Patrick Lalime of the Blues was terrific as a Senator. Did he look shaky in giving up 10 goals in a home-and-home series this week? Yeah, sure, but how would you feel if Brendan Shanahan rediscovered his mean streak and starting belting directly for your crease? Lalime got yanked in the first game of the season, and was then embarrassed the next night, too. Did he fail his new squad? Naw, it's just the Wings.

Look what they did to Columbus' stalwart and sometime star Marc Denis in the pre-season. The Wings put up 6 goals in half a game against the guy and he looked so bad afterwards that the Jackets gave backup Pascal Leclaire the starting nod for the season. Talk about a loss of confidence.

Guys, it's just the Wings. You took cheating out of the game, and suddenly, whoop, the team with more skill is whuppin' the bejeezes out of the teams who stocked up on sumo wrestlers and gave them sticks.

Now, is Lalime a better netter than, say, the guy who replaced him in Ottawa? If you doubted the Dominator, except for his sanity of course, now's the time to take it back. Hasek will take the Senators as far as his 40-year-old grin and 40-year-old groin will take him. I like him more than Kippy, or Denis, or Khabi-get-a-vowel, for that matter. Hasek has to deal with age, but he's been making saves without the help of megapads his whole career. Seems to help, doesn't it!

Anyway, stop blaming the poor guys in the masks, because as it turns out, contrary to whatever Mario Lemieux was crooning until the NHL filled his seats for him, the Red Wings dominated the last decade of hockey because they had better hockey players, and better hockey players tend to score more goals.

P.S. I'm going to say it 'till they change the color of the blue line: Nicklas Lidstrom is the best hockey player in the league, and the best hockey player of his generation. If he was Canadian, Molson would have named a beer after him by now."