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McNair Murdered

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I’m not going to speculate as to the circumstances behind this. Guy always seemed to be injured, but he constantly gutted it out on the football field. Always seemed to have the Steelers’ number, too. In fact, many times the Titans seemed to “out-Steeler” the Steelers, and he was a great figurehead for that team. Now what he did off the field? No idea.

Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair and a woman were found shot to death Saturday inside a residence in Nashville, police said.

Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron confirmed that authorities were called to a condominium and found McNair and a woman shot to death inside. Aaron said police don’t yet know the circumstances of the shootings.

“I don’t have any answers for you now as to what’s happened, who’s responsible,” Aaron said.

Aaron said police tentatively have identified the woman but did not release her name.

“There are persons who were around the complex today, visitors, who have been taken to headquarters for questioning, just to see what they know, what they may have seen,” Aaron said. “No one is in custody right now.”

The condominium where the bodies were found is one that McNair was known to frequent, but police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford could not say whether he was the owner.

Detectives from the police department’s centralized homicide unit were on the scene.

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July 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Posted in Sports

Transforming Two-And-A-Half Hours Into A Movie-Going Experience

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So today is the Fourth of July, which means the kkk household goes out to the movies. I generally don’t care for the movie-going experience. I worked in a theater for a time in college, and I would rather spend an admission ticket on the DVD, take it home and watch it as many times as I please. But I digress.

This July 4 excursion was Transformers 2. My review? You liked Part I, you’ll like Part II. I wasn’t much of a Transformers fan growing up, but I knew enough to know that Optimus Prime is the good guy and Megatron is the bad guy. If I’m paying for the movie-going experience I want to see things go “boom” and “bam.” This movie does that.

But there was one line I really really really wished would have been included. Oh, SPOILERZ AHEAD! You’ve been warned.

When the Decepticons took over the airwaves and did their thing, I probably would have laughed nonstop for the rest of the movie had the television reporter, after stating that President Hussein was being whisked off to a bunker, added that “when asked about this apparent ‘robot war,’ the President said he inherited this problem from the previous administration.” Maybe it will be a deleted/extended scene on the DVD.

Here’s observation Number Two. When the President’s pencil-pusher began going on about how we need to talk to the Decepticons, the better half and I were the only two people in the roughly one-third filled auditorum to bust out laughing.

While on the subject of President Hussein, I just realized that does this mean movie and TV commander-in-chiefs will now be persons of color? If so, then please please please let Morgan Freeman be available for the next 4 years. Seriously. He’s the only reason to watch “Deep Impact.” I could also see Denzell doing his thing in the Oval Office. Don Cheadle and Forest Whitaker? Hmmm. Might depend on the role. And sadly, I’m predicting Will Smith in ID4(+1), or whatever that sequel would be called.

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July 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Posted in Entertainment

Full Of Hot Air(Bending)

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So I saw the following movie trailer tonight.

Now while the better half told me this is some Nickelodeon cartoon (I dunno, is it?), I can’t help but wonder if the supposed bad guys from 1:15 onward are nothing more than moviegoers looking for M. Night Shyamalan to demand their money back for “The Happening.”

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July 4, 2009 at 9:50 pm

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I Got A Bad Feeling About This

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Although he’s not on in my radio market here in Shittsburgh anymore, I LOVE Neal Boortz. At my old job I used to listen to his local and national show through the Internet each day. I can’t do that where I work now, but I do check in on his website. He made a recent comment on Barney Fwank earlier this week:

Slobbering Barney Fwank has been busy lately. Last week he proposed the idea of relaxing regulations on the sale of condos. This week he wants to use TARP money to put poor people into housing. See, banks participating in TARP have to pay dividends to the Treasury. So far those banks have paid $5 billion. So now Barney Fwank comes along and says, “Wey, I wnow wow we wan spewnd wall of whis woney!” Certainly not to stimulate the economy, Barney, and not to pay off some of the debt you’re running up either.

So here’s Barney’s plan. He has introduced legislation that would use $1 billion of those dividends in order to give rental housing to the poor, poor pitiful poor and to urban outdoorsmen. Here’s the plan … the $1 billion would be put into something called a national housing trust fund. This fund has apparently already been created … it was done when the government decided to takeover Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. So Barney has the fund .. but no funds. Now President Hussein’s 2010 budget calls for this fund to receive $1 billion, so Barney’s plan is just a way to make that happen. That’s just the beginning, folks. That’s just “seed money.” The goal would be to put $150 billion over the next decade into this housing trust for poor people. That’s a “15” with a pant-load of zeroes behind it.

Stay tuned! That’s not all … another $1.5 billion of these TARP dividends will be allocated to state and local governments to help them redevelop abandoned and foreclosed properties.

It keeps going. Barney Fwank also wants to use some of the TARP money itself, not just the dividends. He wants $2 billion in TARP dollars to go toward an emergency mortgage relief program. Then another $2 billion in TARP dollars would create a program to help people cope with foreclosures on multifamily properties. All of this would be run by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

We’re never going to pay any of this money back my friends, not while the Washington Barneys see ways to use it to buy votes.

But the actual article isn’t the reason why I felt the need to post this. What’s my reason?

It’s the awesome image that was associated with this entry. I’m sure it was made elsewhere on the Internet, but I don’t care.

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You know, if Neal’s 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. show was available on satellite radio or via a podcast, I would subscribe in a heartbeat.

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July 4, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Posted in News

She’s Maxim Hot, But Moscow Hot?

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What I want to know is this: Do the editors actually change a reporter’s story to make it sound like this or do the reporters do it all on their own?

Michelle Osama brings her superstar glamor to Moscow this weekend as she accompanies her husband on his summit with the Russian president.

But the American first lady, who has wowed publics in the U.S. and Europe with her easy elegance and charm, will perhaps face a bigger challenge in winning over a Russian public that has scant respect for women who grab the limelight from their powerful husbands…

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July 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm

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50 (Cheap) First Dates

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So that’s why my dating life was always in the crapper. I was single during the mid-1990s, the GREATEST PERIOD OF ECONOMIC PROSPERITY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. Yeah, that’s it…

Credit the HUSSEIN RECESSION for staycations and bringing us more game-night parties at home. But also give it a shout for spurring more first dates.

Economic woes, it seems, unleash something practically primal in many of us who find ourselves without a partner: a hard-wired desire for companionship.

Some singles are now hunting for dates with the same fervor others are showing hunting for jobs. On matchmaking Web site eHarmony.com, membership is up 20 percent despite monthly fees of up to $60, and activity has soared 50 percent since September at OkCupid.com…

…Sam Yagan, the founder and CEO at OkCupid.com, sees the changing dating climate as a matter of dollars and cents.

The way he figures it, a man can spend $100 buying drinks at a bar trying to pick up a stranger and leave with little more than a cold shoulder. But, when he’s in a relationship, a Saturday evening can be as simple as Thai noodle takeout, Netflix and some fun under the covers. All in all, Yagan said, that’s “more bang for your buck.”

“More bang for your buck.” Great choice of words. I wonder if that was intentionally worded that way? Hopefully it wasn’t; it’s funnier that way.

Now I am seriously wondering if I was a player in the dating scene during tough economic times if I would have fared better? Then again, I think what would have happened is that there would have been a surge in female workers taking night-shifts as cashiers, etc., rather than go out to dinner with moi. Hey, I’d rather be rejected for this reason than simply getting stood up. (For the record, my favorite excuse to when I asked someone afterward why they no-showed was “I dunno.” I got this line more than once.)

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July 4, 2009 at 2:16 pm

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When Does A Refund Turn Into An IOU?

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Let this be a warning to you people that give the government a hefty interest-free loan. It’s not exactly you can go up to the Governor’s Mansion, knock on the door and demand your cash.

Colin Daymude was out of work last year after his business failed and eagerly filed his taxes in mid-January, figuring he’d get his refund sooner. He was wrong.

It took the 44-year-old entrepreneur more than six months to get his $1,300 check—money that he needed to pay living expenses while he worked a few side gigs.

Tax day—April 15—has long since come and gone, but sharp budget cuts and falling revenues have forced many states to delay income tax returns for months—and left taxpayers longing for their money…

…Some states say plummeting tax collections drove them to hold on to the money so they can make ends meet. Others complain of not being able to keep up because the economic downturn has forced staffing cuts in revenue departments.

I typically get $100-150 back from Uncle Sam each year; the better half gets much more. It’s a battle I gave up on long ago. We break even with Pennsylvania and usually owe about $50 to our local government.

Funny thing is reading this article made me think of my one idiot ex-boss and a favorite saying of his: “I’d rather owe you the money than cheat you out of it.” Of course, by “owe” he meant “get caught short-changing.”

Here are some other side notes from this article:

Missouri, which delayed issuing income tax refunds earlier this year, ultimately used $250 million of federal economic stimulus money to pay hundreds of thousands of refunds.

But…but…I thought STIMULUS meant shovel-ready jobs? Next thing you’re going to tell me is that all the tobacco money dished out back in the 1990s was used for things other than tobacco prevention measures.

And Maryland, which still has about 3,000 filings left, dipped into a $366 million reserve account that many lawmakers didn’t even know existed. Legislators hope to pay it back in 10 years.

Point 1: How do you not know about a $366 million account?
Point 2: What’s going to happen next year when “refund” IOU’s come due?
Point 3: If you didn’t know the account was there in the first place, can’t you just close it? Pay back in 10 years — lol. Sure.

Meanwhile, analysts say the delays essentially rob the poor of what had become an extra paycheck.

And this doesn’t “rob” the middle class or the *gasp* rich?

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July 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm

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