Monday, January 31

By far the funniest take on the Nashville Rhythm fiasco

Anatomy of an ABA soap opera

From Fox Sports...

What possessed Anthony to shout and swear at Ashley McElhiney for playing popular newcomer Matt Freije, Vanderbilt's all-time leading scorer?

It's not clear yet whether Anthony, co-owner of the fledgling Nashville Rhythm, is to be ridiculed or pitied... Posted by Hello

Ashley Mc's story is news even in Canada

Rhythm centre calls co-owner's courtside firing of coach 'embarrassing'

Super Size Me

Holy Shit! This is an amazingly film.

It was funny, it was scary, it was real (as a documentary should be), it had a great soundtrack which included the mighty Otha Turner and the crazy Wesley Willis. Morgan did a great job with's frightening to think what fast food can do to you, it's even more frightening how endemic poor nutrition has become in America.

If you ever get an itching for fast food you should see this movie.

Nashville B-ball drama continues

Questions surround McElhiney’s firing

There is something fishy going on with this whole thing and especially with Ms. Anthony.

Network for Good

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The following comes from "Wherever You Go There You Are" by Jon Kabat-Zinn:
I see patience as one of these fundamental ethical attitudes. If you cultivate patience, you almost can't help cultivating mindfulness, and your meditation practive will gradually become richer and more mature.

Scratch the surface of impatience and what you will find lying beneath it, subtly or not so subtly, is anger.

It's possible even to hurry patiently, mindfully, moving fast because you have chosen to.

Sunday, January 30

Sporadic violence doesn't deter Iraqi voters

"...the nation's first free election in half a century..."

Alejandro Escovedo In Chicago.

Texas troubadour facing the music

It's a long article but features some recent info about Al's condition and what his plans are.

B-ball drama in Nashville

Rhythm owner fires McElhiney

I can't believe this woman has the nerve to fire my honey! ;-)

She sounds like an idiot:
"If they're willing to stick their neck out for Ashley, and that would be dumb, I would fold the team right now," she said. "If I say no it should be no. She's done. She's fired."

Boy Wonder hits two spectacular goals to help ManU get to 5th round of FA Cup

Rooney celebrates wonder strikes

I saw the highlights and these were 2 amazing goals, the second one will surely be listed as one of the goals of the year! He didn't do it alone; he made two extremely well placed passes count for all they were worth.

It looks like they made it!

Iraqis Brave Bombs to Vote in Their Millions
Suicide bombs and mortars killed at least 27 people, but voters still came out in force for the first multi-party poll in 50 years.
I'm so glad this didn't turn into more of a bloodbath.

Saturday, January 29

What ifs and contingencies

I've been studing Buddhism for awhile now, always looking for someone to help me make more sense of things in the world.

I just got a book from the library called "Living with the Devil" by Stephen Batchelor. He interprets Buddhist theory as a concept of contingencies...everything happens b/c something else happened. His first chapter opens with a story from his childhood where his mother says things would have been different if another man, a man in a photo, had been his father.

That got me thinking about the what ifs in my life. I rest on some of these every once and awhile, especially the time related to when my Mother died and I was about to graduate from high school. What if my mother had been here to help me choose a college, what if my mother helped me get through college, etc.

These can go on and on but as long as you don't dwell on them the take on the same spectre as what if I won the lottery. If you dwell on these what ifs it will drive you crazy.

But in the scope of what Mr. Batchelor is trying to say about Buddhism, everything is a what if. Every action has a result, you change any part of that action and the result will be different. Although Buddhism attempts to get the "you" out of the equation, I think this is a very positive way to consider how much power we have over what goes on in our lives.

What about you? Write me back, tell me what you think...

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Overcome your uncertainties and free yourself from dwelling on sorrow. If you delight in existence, you will become a guide to those who need you, revealing the path to many.
Sutta Nipata

Friday, January 28

Stand Up Speak Up

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Henry Leads Anti-Racism Fight From The Front

Holland anti-racism display

Henry puts across the message in black and white

Kick It Out - Wristbands

Stand Up, Speak Up

Rivals Henry and Ferdinand unite for anti-racism ads

As many problems as Nike has with responsible corporatism iI am glad to see them lend some of their weight to this issue. I saw the TV ad and Nike continues to make the best sports ads.


Real/Lazio fail in racism appeals

"Who Knows What Tomorrow Might Bring"

Traffic band member Capaldi dies

Help Reconcile the Past & Build the Future

Terry George (R), "Hotel Rwanda" Director, and Paul Rusesabagina (L), the man whose true story inspired the film, with Rwanda Partners Executive Director Tracy Stone.
Rwanda Partners

Buddhist Thought of the Day

As from a large heap of flowers many garlands and wreaths are made, so by a mortal in this life there is much good work to be done.

After seeing Hotel Rwanda this means so much more. We, as citizens of the world, have lots of work to do.

Thursday, January 27

Feddy Adu ain't got nothin' on me!

Nine-year-old soccer plays draws Europe's interest

Wal-Mart mooches off the government!

Study: thousands of Wal-Mart employees on TennCare

Yet another reason to hate Wal-Mart! They underpay and undersupport they employees and then the employees have to use gov't services...this is NOT a responsible corporate policy! This is not an asset to our country, economy or lives.

Crisis averted.

Late last Friday the United States Soccer Federation and the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association had reached an agreement.

The great compromise proves that both sides are truly interested in the same goal

Great photo!

Udinese's David Pizarro of Chile (right) battles for the ball with Reggina's Santos Mozart of Brazil during their Italian Serie A match at the Friuli Stadium in Udine, Italy on January 23, 2005. Reggina won 2-0. (Franco Debernardi/Associated Press)

Another US player in Holland

January transfers

More Americans abroad

Kasey to Germany

Clint's old colors

January transfers...he's back in the USA

Landon's new colors

January transfers

"It seems as if we can still hear the dead crying out..."

World marks Auschwitz liberation

A picture is worth a thousand words

Serena, Davenport in final

You say you want a hand in government?

Kids Come First

Please read the bill first. A lot of bills are really good on the surface but not so good underneath. This is an important issue and I hope Mr. Kerry has a good bill (I haven't read it yet).

You should always contact your legislators when there is an issue that's important to you. It's great when you put your voice behind something but if your legislators don't know their constituents are asking for something they won't lend their voice to the debate.

Tuesday, January 25

Thanks UComicsPosted by Hello

And the winner for best actor in a sporting event...

Hughes furious with striker Diouf
i saw the game last night...I missed the elbow but I saw the dive and Brad Friedel was nowhere close, he tripped himself...

Buddhist Thought of the Day

What people expect to happen is always different from what actually happens. From this comes great disappointment; this is the way the world works.
Sutta Nipata

Remember the four noble truths...

1. In life there is suffering
2. There is a cause for suffering - greed
3. There is a way to end suffering
4. Follow the Way and you will end suffering

And the nominee for Best...

Until this morning I was gonna say Jamie Foxx & Ray for everything but Don Cheadle is continually undervalued so I am voting for Don Cheadle.
77th Annual Academy Awards - Nominees: Nominee List


Don Cheadle - HOTEL RWANDA
Leonardo DiCaprio - THE AVIATOR
Jamie Foxx - RAY

Annette Bening - BEING JULIA
Catalina Sandino Moreno - MARIA FULL OF GRACE
Imelda Staunton - VERA DRAKE

How can any movie with images like this be THAT bad?

'Catwoman' leads Razzie film 'dishonors'

Monday, January 24

New music of note.

Some of you know how much I LOVE Southern Soul Music.

To me there is little more compelling and gut wrenching than the stuff that was recorded in Muscle Shoals, Memphis and Miami during the 1960s (Think Aretha, Otis, The Wicked Pickett, Albert King, Rufus & Carla, King Curtis, Derek & the Dominos and sooo many more).

Willie Hightower is a singer who didn't have near as much success as he should have.

Thanks Astralwerks!

allmusic ((( Willie Hightower > Review )))

Divorce Settlement

Dear Judge Roy Bob:
My wife and I have divorced and in the divorce settlement she was awarded the double wide mobile home and the pickup truck.

As per my copy of the court order, I delivered the truck before 2:00 PM yesterday!

So, how's your day going?

See you,

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Thank you kind people of the world!

Over 1000 citizens of the world have visited my blog. Thank you!
Now . Let's work on comments. When you come to my blog drop me a note. There are comment links on every post, let me know what you like and what you don't. Let me know when you agree and when you don't.

Also, don't forget Jai's Place.

Thanks again!

This is good to see.

Fae chooses Ivory Coast

Does Diouf need to be relieved of his duties?

Diouf looked to have dived to win a spot-kick which he converted from a rebound after Brad Friedel's save.

But the striker seemed fortunate to be on the pitch after apparently elbowing Andy Todd earlier on.

Blackburn 0-1 Bolton

Sunday, January 23

Sad day for Entertainment.

Johnny Carson, late-night TV legend, dead at 79

Buddhist Thought of the Day

What is meant by nonduality, Mahatmi?
It means that light and shade, long and short, black and white, can only be experienced in relation to each other; light is not independent of shade, nor black of white. There are no opposites, only relationships. In the same way, nirvana and the ordinary world of suffering are not two things but related to each other. There is no nirvana except where the world of suffering is; there is no world of suffering apart from nirvana. For existence is not mutually exclusive.
Lankavatara Sutra

Saturday, January 22

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Never think that I believe I should set out a "system of teaching" to help people understand the way. Never cherish such a thought. What I proclaim is the truth as I have discovered it and "a system of teaching" has no meaning because the truth can't be cut up into pieces and arranged in a system.
Diamond Sutra


NYE2004 - Tara
Have I told how hot my fiancé is? This is from NYE...

See more photos by bmitd67.

Thursday, January 20

You say you wanna help.

Association for Lighting a Candle Home page

moe. hosts Tsunami Relief Concert

JANUARY 20, 2005::


moe. will host a charity concert to benefit Tsunami Relief. The concert will be held at New York's Roseland Ballroom, Thursday, February 10 at 8PM. moe. will be joined by various artists throughout the evening, including guitarist Trey Anastasio, MMW keyboardist John Medeski, mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush and Vorcza keyboardist Ray Paczkowski. Tickets are $40.00 in advance. A limited number of tickets will be available, Friday, January 21 at 12:00PM EST at The remaining tickets will be available at the Roseland Ballroom box office and all Ticketmaster locations, Saturday, January 22 at 10:00AM EST. All proceeds from this event will be matched by Dave Matthews Band and will go to the Bama Works Village Recovery Fund.
"The scope & breadth of this disaster are beyond comprehension," says moe. guitarist Al Schnier. "As musicians on the other side of the world, we can't help feeling a bit helpless. Our hope is to contribute in some small way to help reestablish the communities damaged in the wake of these recent storms."
Adds bassist Rob Derhak,
"We in the music community can get aid to families that need it. The concert profits will go to relief for Tsunami survivors, but it doesn't have to stop there. We need to continue to help those in need; it is everyone's responsibility."

Abut Bama Works Village Recovery Fund
Bama Works Fund (Charlottesville, Virginia) was established by Dave Matthews Band to carry out the band's commitment to charitable works both close to home and around the world. In the wake of one of the most devastating natural disasters in modern history, Dave Matthews Band has created the Bama Works Village Recovery Fund. The fund will identify an affected village on the east coast of Sri Lanka, partnering with them on a long-term basis to rebuild their community.

I'm going to Rio!

Brazil Hands Out Record 11 Mln Carnival Condoms

You people are f**ked up!

Christians issue gay warning on SpongeBob video

Beatles, Italy, Liverpool...what gives?

Beatlemania grips Pellegrino Posted by Hello

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Shakyamuni Buddha said,
"Judge not others; judge only yourself." What appear to be faults in others may actually be reflections of our own emotional afflictions.
Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, in Advice From A Spiritual Friend

Oh my! There's a contest for Alejandro!

Making Music With Alejandro Escovedo Sweepstakes

It's over and the winner is...Ukrainians everywhere...we hope.

Ukraine president to be sworn in

They are actually grown-ups. I couldn't tell.

Wenger and Ferguson to end feud

"...he doesn't play for that, and that's a credit to him."

LeBron secures another NBA record

Wednesday, January 19

I always figured the US to be the one who would try this...

Thailand scraps death-row webcast

Another View of Sen Obama

Note to Obama: Black and White America Need You

One View of Senator Obama

Sen. Barack Obama: The Golden Child

Could Russell Simmons Become NAACP President?

NAACP Members Divided Over Group's Future

FIFA/AFC Tsunami Solidarity Fund

"Football for Hope" Match
Barcelona, Nou Camp
15 February 2005 - 21.00h CET

Shevchenko XI

LIPPI Marcello - ITA - National Team
WENGER Arsène - FRA - Arsenal FC

BUFFON Gianluigi - ITA - Juventus
CASILLAS Iker - ESP - Real Madrid

KALADZE Kakhaber - GEO - AC Milan
KAREMBEU Christian - FRA - FC Servette
KOMPANY Vincent - BEL - Anderlecht
MALDINI Paolo - ITA - AC Milan
PUYOL Carles - ESP - FC Barcelona
STAM Jaap - NED - AC Milan
THURAM Lilian - FRA - Juventus

Midfielders/ Attackers:
BAGGIO Roberto - ITA
BALLACK Michael - GER - Bayern Munich
BECKHAM David - ENG - Real Madrid
DECO - POR - FC Barcelona
DEL PIERO Alessandro - ITA Juventus
GERRARD Steven - ENG - Liverpool FC
HENRY Thierry - FRA - Arsenal FC
NEDVED Pavel - CZE - Juventus
RAÚL González - ESP - Real Madrid
SEMAK Sergei - RUS - CSKA Moscow
SHEVCHENKO Andriy - UKR - AC Milan
TOTTI Francesco - ITA - AS Roma
VIEIRA Patrick - FRA - Arsenal FC
VOGEL Johann - SUI - PSV Eindhoven
ZIDANE Zinedine - FRA - Real Madrid

Ronaldinho XI

PARREIRA Carlos Alberto - BRA - National Team
RIJKAARD Frank - NED - FC Barcelona

DIDA - BRA - AC Milan
KAMENI Idriss - CMR - RCD Espanyol

CAFÚ - BRA - AC Milan
CÓRDOBA Iván - COL - Inter Milan
CRIS - BRA - Ol. Lyonnais
HEINZE Gabriel - ARG - Manchester United FC
JAIDI Radhi - TUN - Bolton Wanderers FC
KUFFOUR Samuel - GHA - Bayern Munich
LUCIO - BRA - Bayern Munich
MÁRQUEZ ÁLVAREZ Rafael - MEX - FC Barcelona
RADEBE Lucas - RSA - Leeds United FC
ZANETTI Javier - ARG - Inter Milan

Midfielders/ Attackers:
ADRIANO - BRA - Inter Milan
BUCKLEY Delron - RSA - Arminia Bielefeld
CAMBIASSO Esteban - ARG - Inter Milan
CHA Doo-Ri - KOR - Eintracht Frankfurt
DROGBA Didier - CIV - Chelsea FC
EMERTON Brett - AUS - Blackburn Rovers FC
ESSIEN Michael - GHA - Ol. Lyonnais
ETO'O Samuel - CMR - FC Barcelona
JUNINHO - BRA - Ol. Lyonnais
KAKÁ - BRA - AC Milan
LI Tie - CHN - Everton FC
MAHDAVIKIA Mehdi - IRN - Hamburger SV
MARTINS Obafemi - NIG - Inter Milan
NAKATA Hidetoshi - JPN - AC Fiorentina
RONALDO - BRA - Real Madrid

Did we expect anything different?

Rice Approved as Secretary of State by U.S. Senate Committee
Senator Barack Obama, a newly elected Democrat from Illinois, said the administration seems to have a problem accepting dissenting views and therefore avoids outside advice. "'Trust us,' I think the message is, and 'we'll make the right decisions,'" Obama said.

Football for Hope

Nine Africans in World XI

This is just silly!


"The greatest affliction...came from its own sons, lured by the devil,"

Saudi Grand Mufti warns Muslim youth
"The greatest affliction to strike the nation of Islam came from some of its own sons, who were lured by the devil," he said. "They have called the nation infidel, they have shed protected blood and they have spread vice on earth, with explosions and destruction and killing of innocents."
Thank God somebody of status is making statements like this.

Reform from land of the Inquisition

Spain Catholics in condom U-turn

Buddhist Thought of the Day

There is no other task but to know your own original face. This is called independence; the spirit is clear and free. If you say there is some particular doctrine or patriarchy, you’ll be totally cheated. Just look into your heart; there is a transcendental clarity. Just have no greed and no dependency and you will immediately attain certainty.

Monday, January 17

Buddhist Thought of the Day

If we unbalance Nature, human kind will suffer. Furthermore, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility towards others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy as, if not healthier than we found it.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"He is free at last."

Chinese reformer Zhao Ziyang dies