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Snow Job

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I’m a bit skeptical when there are anonymous sources, but if this is true..

Selfish Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts — a disastrous move that turned streets into a minefield for emergency-services vehicles, The Post has learned.

Miles of roads stretching from as north as Whitestone, Queens, to the south shore of Staten Island still remained treacherously unplowed last night because of the shameless job action, several sources and a city lawmaker said, which was over a raft of demotions, attrition and budget cuts.

“They sent a message to the rest of the city that these particular labor issues are more important,” said City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens), who was visited yesterday by a group of guilt-ridden sanitation workers who confessed the shameless plot.

Halloran said he met with three plow workers from the Sanitation Department — and two Department of Transportation supervisors who were on loan — at his office after he was flooded with irate calls from constituents.

The snitches “didn’t want to be identified because they were afraid of retaliation,” Halloran said. “They were told [by supervisors] to take off routes [and] not do the plowing of some of the major arteries in a timely manner. They were told to make the mayor pay for the layoffs, the reductions in rank for the supervisors, shrinking the rolls of the rank-and-file.”

New York’s Strongest used a variety of tactics to drag out the plowing process — and pad overtime checks — which included keeping plows slightly higher than the roadways and skipping over streets along their routes, the sources said.

The snow-removal snitches said they were told to keep their plows off most streets and to wait for orders before attacking the accumulating piles of snow.

They said crews normally would have been more aggressive in com bating a fierce, fast-moving bliz zard like the one that barreled in on Sunday and blew out the next morning.

I know. Let’s have unions take more control over our airport security and health care. What a great idea.

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December 31, 2010 at 8:42 pm

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kkk’s Rule Of Life #52

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When 5-0 finds the AK, use the 9.

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December 31, 2010 at 5:07 pm

(Almost) Everyone Get On The Bus

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One of my favorite commercials from the last year or so.

The shot of Arthur Blank at 0:15 shoots this commercial up into “epic” status for me. Much better than this abortion from 2009.

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December 30, 2010 at 4:59 pm

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Big Screening Process

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So I’ve been meaning to tell this story for a while. Now I’m feeling somewhat motivated to do so. Hooray.

For most of this year, I had been debating on whether or not to get a big-screen television. Long story short(er): I wasn’t going to purchase one on Black Friday, but I might do so later on during the Christmas season. The reason I didn’t want to make a Black Friday purchase? I had no desire to make a rushed purchase on a big-ticket item after 10+ hours of shopping in the early morning hours. I had been doing some online research throughout November on this subject and visited a few big-box stores just to get an idea of what brands I preferred over others. Black Friday came and went, and I stayed true to my original plan.

Because I had the day off work on Monday, November 30, I took another trip out to a few stores to look over televisions once more. I didn’t have the desire to purchase a big-screen at a big-box retailer. And I don’t trust buying an item like this directly from the Internet. There was a local electronics store I wanted to give my business to, but their prices were waaay out of line with the other stores. Nevertheless, on Monday I went to this local store. I then learned that they were still having their “Black Friday” sales through Monday. My interest perked up. There was a Samsung LED television at this place I had eyed up earlier but decided not to get due to my rule of not buying a big-ticket item while in a daze from turkey dope and doorbusters. The sales price was good, and the brand had overwhelming positive reviews (Samsung 6300 series 55-inch LED).

After learning of this latest development, I went back home and did some additional research online. I then told the better half of this sale-priced item; She didn’t care and told me to get the thing because she was tired of me obsessing over when to get a big-screen television. After I finished reading over a few more reviews, I went back to the store. One thing I read online was that retailers will typically use certain (usually animated) movies to show off the color aspect of each television and not give you a good idea of how the picture will look inside your house. If you want to get a more realistic image of how a movie will look, bring some DVDs from home and try them out. That’s just what I did. I brought a few different DVDs with me to compare a variety of things:

The Dark Knight (darks)
From Russia With Love (older movie)
Fellowship of the Ring (colors/darks)
Genndy Tartakovsky’s The Clone Wars (animation)

Then there was my choice of “TV on DVD.” I guess in hindsight I should have picked a different television series to bring to the store than “The Shield.” Not everyone appreciates the genius of this show. Sure the sales guy and I shared an awkward moment when the scene featuring a touched-up flier showing a gay cop with the words, “Wanted: For Anal Sex” appeared on the showroom floor, but what was I to do — use something from better half’s collection like “Golden Girls”? Don’t think so.

(Actually, requesting some of my DVDs to be played at the store produced a “freak out” moment for the sales guy after he realized the picture quality wasn’t that good because of the low-end DVD he had been using. The quality was much improved whenever he used a Blu-Ray player instead.)

When the smoke cleared, I bought the television. However, there was one “problem;” there weren’t any more in stock. No big deal. I can wait until a new shipment arrives. It will give me a chance to move some things around and get ready for the delivery. I told the sales guy that any time during any weekend would be OK. I was in no hurry. It’s not like we were scheduling an appointment to remove a tumor.

A week or so went by and I got a call from the sales guy telling me the television arrived. He then said they could deliver it Wednesday of next week. I informed him of our prior conversation about how weekends are really the only viable option for delivery. When he replied, “well we’re busy on weekends,” I countered with, “well unless you can deliver the set after 5 pm then it has to be a weekend. The reason we can afford a 55-inch television is because we both don’t get home until after 5 pm.” And for the record, I will NOT take a day off work to wait for a delivery that may or may not arrive on time. Sorry, but I’ve been burned with that too many times in the past. The sales guy carved out some time during Saturday, December 18 (two weeks from the time of our call), which was fine. During this time the better half and I got a television stand and moved our current entertainment stand down to the basement.

December 18 came and my delivery, which was supposed to come between noon-1 pm, didn’t arrive until 3 pm. No big deal. It’s the holiday season. I knew this wasn’t going to arrive on time. When the television was set up I had the option of having one of the store’s “expert” installers setting up a component for me. I asked them to set up the digital cable box. As they rushed through the process, I was told that the current digital cable box was “accepting” the television channels and that this may take anywhere from 5-30 minutes to complete. Whatever. I was working on re-arranging the basement anyway.

Over an hour went by and when I came back up to the living room I noticed the TV was still busy “setting” the channels. Because I have a phobia of touching electronic devices I know nothing about, I did not want to screw anything up. When I called the delivery people (whose cell number was on my Caller ID from a call earlier that afternoon), I informed them that the “Please wait” screen was still showing. I was told that it was a problem with Comcast and that I would have to deal with the cable company.

A word of advice to businesses using their “expert” installation technicians as a selling point when promoting their wares. Make sure your “experts” know that when hooking up a television to a digital cable box that the the cable box needs to be connected to the actual cable wire in order for everything to work. Oh well, at least I got a story to tell for years to come. And furthermore, I learned that the customer service from local businesses is just as shitty as those eeeevil big-box retailers.

But that’s all water under the bridge. Here’s what the last 1100+ words were leading up to…

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December 29, 2010 at 1:30 pm

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Rounding Up The Title To Another Unknown Track

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So a while back I talked about discovering the name to a song I had heard for years but never knew its name. Then it was “Cliffs of Dover.”

Now’s it’s “Round Up” by Sam Spence for NFL Films. I’ve heard this track for decades, but I never knew what it was called … until now.

If this does nothing for you, then you’re a Communist — with a Capital “C.”

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December 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm

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*Insert Foot Joke Here*

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This has got to be one of the biggest non-stories of the year. So the guy has a thing for his wife’s feet. How long have they been married? If he still finds his better irresistible after all these years then more power to him. I guess the only lesson to be learned here is to not video tape any of your private affairs and perhaps they won’t go public.

Foot-fetish videos of a woman who’s a dead ringer for the wife of Jets coach Rex Ryan burned up the Internet Tuesday night – giving the word “football” a whole new meaning.

One of the four videos on the sports gossip site Deadspin.com show the woman and an off-screen cameraman who sounds like Ryan having intimate discussions about her feet.

The petite blonde showing off her toes in the videos bears an uncanny resemblance to Michelle Ryan, the coach’s wife of 23 years.

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December 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm

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Resolve In Paying Off The House

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With New Year’s around the corner, many people set “resolutions” for themselves. I’m not a “New Year’s resolutions” type of person — mainly because most resolutions last a week or two before being broken.

Instead of resolutions, I usually spend this time going over longer-term goals and seeing if there are any tweaks I can do to improve to achieve these milestones. Actually, the one big goal I’ve had for a while is paying off the house early. My goal at year’s end was to get the mortgage down to $85K, which I was able to do. For 2011 my goal is to get the mortgage down to half of its original amount — $66k. Looks doable, unless life decides to throw a few hanging curves across the plate.

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December 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm

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Running Into The Wal With Post-Christmas Shopping

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I’ve talked about Black Friday shopping several times this month, but Mrs. kkk and I also do the day-after-Christmas sales. This event isn’t really all that big a deal; she mostly stocks up on wrapping paper, Christmas ornaments and marked-down items to be used as gifts for next year. I trained her well.

In addition to the Christmas-themed items, we also get some items missed in November. There was a deep-cleaning vacuum on sale that she wanted to get so her mother would shut up about me breaking the previous machine. There was a hair straightner Mrs. kkk wasn’t able to get on Black Friday that was marked down quite a bit. There were also some candles at a local craft store that was discounting Christmas stuff by 75 percent. I know I’m leaving out a few other items, but they’re really not worth mentioning. All in all, it’s a much more mellow tour of the local retailers.

And then we got to Walmart.

While we were at Walmart, the better half decided to get a birth gift for her one niece/cousin/whatever. Mrs. kkk went to the registry machine and received FOURTEEN PAGES’ WORTH OF ITEMS to choose from. We got an item off this best-seller list and resumed our shopping. When we went to check out, the better half gave this item to the cashier before the other things we bought and told him that this needs to be removed from a gift registry.

The cashier had no clue what she was talking about.

Mrs. kkk went on to explain to him that this item had to be taken off a certain person’s gift registry. The cashier didn’t even know what a gift registry was. OK, I’m going to play devil’s advocate right now. This young man was probably seasonal help and probably wasn’t trained in every aspect of cashier-ing. Hell, because the cashier looked to be of college age, I can understand why he wouldn’t know that people actually do these gift registry things. I’m giving him a pass on all this, although I couldn’t help making a “We get it for free,” quip sometime during this exchange.

But this is where the story gets gooder.

The cashier brought over a “floating” cashier to assist with this predicament, and this other cashier had no idea what to do. A manager was then called on to the scene, and she had no clue about this gift registry thing. By this time my head was down and I was trying to contain my laughter, so I’m not sure when the fourth Walmart employee came over to “assist.” Finally a fifth employee (who was a customer in line) told everyone what to do in order to remove this purchase off a registry.

So, to answer my question of how many Walmart employees it takes to remove an item from a gift registry, the answer is five. Sure one of them wasn’t actually working, which you could perhaps count as half-an-employee, but the other person was in a supervisor’s role, so that counts as an employee-and-a-half.

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December 26, 2010 at 11:57 am

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Phoning-In This Family Moment

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Good lord. The old man called me. For those that don’t know, I haven’t spoken to him since February of 2007.

I kept telling myself during this time to just laugh and nod; it’ll be over soon. Ands an added bonus, half of the conversation was spent with him saying, “What?” to his wife when she tried to chime in on the phone call from a distance.

I figured the statute of limitations was over from our most recent altercation. Besides, it will probably only be another phone call or two until the next blowup which will have us not talking again for another several years. (Please note I’m not actually complaining about the time apart.)

If you learn anything from reading KK’s Korner, peep the following game being spit: Never answer the phone when a person you don’t want to talk to calls on a holiday. Wait until early- to mid-afternoon to call back and say you were doing something at that time. (I used the “shoveling snow/salting driveway excuse.”) Chances are when you call back that person will not be home and you can simply leave a message. If they are home, chances are they are about to head out to another person’s house or expect company to arrive so the phone call with you will be rushed. (That’s what happened when I called the other parent today.)

Yeah, I’m a pretty terrible son. As the saying (sorta) goes: Mama, don’t let your boys grow up to be latch-key kids.

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December 25, 2010 at 1:51 pm

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Christmas Conundrum

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Maybe it’s because I don’t have kids, but I’m not a big “Christmas” person. It just seems … lame … for adults to be swapping gifts the morning of December 25. Hell, when the better half and I used to do this dated routine, I often thought, “What made you think I wanted THAT?” or “I’m sure you didn’t get this when it was on sale.” This is actually the primary reason we do the Black Friday thing — we’re both grown-ups, we both know what we want. Just get it when it’s cheap(er).

However, on December 25 I always seem to take a few moments sometimes during the morning hours and think about the millions of households that are simultaneously opening up presents. No, this isn’t one of those, “keep “Christ” in “Christmas” rants. Quite the opposite, actually. Sometimes a kid’s gotta be a kid, and opening presents on Jesus’ b-day is part of being a kid.

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December 25, 2010 at 9:44 am

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No Room At The Lot

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So earlier today I went out to parking lot to go home from work. The lot was filled with vehicles from attendees of a service taking place at the church next door to my workplace. I’m pinned four cars deep.

God, why you gotta do me like that?

But discretion is the better part of valor. Before thinking of ways I could cause a scene in God’s House, I gave the boss a call because I wanted to make sure of the arrangement she had with this church. Basically, employees of the boss’s office building park in this lot, as do members of this church. I discovered that it was the CHURCH which owns the lot, not the boss.

Then why does she enforce the “violators will be towed” signs that are in this lot? Oh what the hell, it’s the holidays. I have time to ponder such things in 2011.

Because of this new development, I went back into my office and put in an extra 90 minutes worth of work until the lot cleared. Let this be a lesson: Don’t always go into a situation guns a’blazing until you get ALL the details you can.

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December 24, 2010 at 7:37 pm

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Today’s Traditions

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So I posted this question on my Facebook wall but I felt the need to repost it here (as I do with just about every other FB update). I asked my peeps if there were any holiday traditions they started up as adults that had zero influence from what their parents do/did. As I thought about this question, I came up with a few of my own.

— Black Friday shopping. Not sure if my parents ever did this, but I doubt it. Even if they took part in this event, they probably did not do so with the effort Mrs. kkk and I dedicate. I’ve don’t the Black Friday thing for about 6-7 years now, and for the last several years Mrs. kkk has joined in the festivities. Not sure how long we are going to keep this going — our house can only contain so much stuff — but there will always be household goods needing replaced, so I think this tradition will go on for years to come.

— Putting up the tree the Sunday during Turkey Day weekend. I don’t know how long we have stayed consistent with this one. I’m sure there has been a year or two when we started late, but it always seems we put up the Christmas tree the Sunday during Thanksgiving weekend. Probably because this is the best time to erect the fake tree. Our system consists of me taking out the ornaments from their boxes and making sure the hooks are all in place. As I do this, the better half puts each of them on the tree. She contends I just don’t like hanging the ornaments, and she’s right. However, for whatever reason I actually don’t mind doing my part. Guess it seems more efficient. Oh, and we always play her “Now that’s what I call Christmas” two-disc album with some years including “A South Park Christmas” in the mix. When do we take down the tree? Usually right after New Year’s Day.

— Staying home New Year’s Eve and watching movies. Now this is one “tradition” we have done since we first met in the late 1990s. Neither one of us ever cared for New Year’s Eve; too many drunks.

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December 24, 2010 at 11:17 am

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kkk’s Rule Of Life #51

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High Definition Television Purchase + Lou Holtz = Buyer’s Remorse.

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December 23, 2010 at 11:15 am

Husky Win Total

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So the UConn’s women’s basketball team broke the all-time consecutive wins streak previously held by the UCLA Bruins.

In other news, I’m going to bed.

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December 22, 2010 at 12:44 am

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Black Friday 2010

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So for the last 6-7 years I have done the Black Friday thing. “But kkk, you can just get all your stuff online.” Whatever. I enjoy this. And contrary to all the reports of ghetto trash stampeding through a store like this…

…every excursion I have been a part of was orderly. Sure there were some times where confusion at where a line started and ended made for some awkward instances, but for the most part people who do the Black Friday thing know what they are in for and in all situations the exchanges between myself and other shoppers have been pleasant. “Yeah, we’re both here at 4 am for some gizmo destined for a landfill, but damnit it’s 60 percent off!”

Here’s another thing that may separate me from the stereotypical Black Friday shopper. Most of what I get I can do without. When Mrs. kkk and I look through the sales fliers a week or two before Turkey Day, we take note at what’s on sale and what we could use around the house. And if something gets sold out before we can get our grubby paws on it, then c’est la vie. In fact, we really only target items in three stores. I’ve said this before, but I’ll repeat our Black Friday routine of several years now:

1) We head out to Kohl’s because this store has always opened first. (This year Kohl’s opened at 3 am, an hour earlier than last year.)

2) Afterward, we go to Target, which is located in the same shopping center as Kohl’s. (This year Target opened at 4 am, an hour earlier than last year.)

3) We head home and unload our bounty.

4) We go out to Staples, which still hasn’t opened yet by this time. (This year Staples opened at 6 am, the same as last year; we got in line at 5 am.)

5) We go back home, unload, and get something for breakfast. (By this time it was around 6:30 am.)

6) We go out to the nearby shopping mall, Best Buy and Wal-Mart. At this point we are just browsing and getting whatever we want and is currently available.

7) We have lunch, go home, unload and go to sleep. (This year we got home at around 3 pm.)

So how did we do this year?

Same as always. Got what we wanted. I may be forgetting a few smaller items, but all the big stuff is listed:

Kohl’s: comforter, two packs of bed sheets, Cuisinart cutlery set, Bullet Blender, food steamer, four pairs of shoes, work socks for Mrs. kkk, some lame gift for mom and the step-dad who I never visit.

Target: Garmin GPS for the better half. This was our “target” item this year. Mrs. kkk just HAD to have this one particular model number. Hey, it’s for her job. I’m not going to question her logic. Actually, this year we repeated the same actions as 2009. While Mrs. kkk went over to Kohl’s to get the first three items listed above, I stayed in line at Target in the hopes of getting this particular GPS. I don’t like going into the electronics department on Black Friday, and I wasn’t disappointed. While I didn’t like Target’s store set-up this year, I didn’t make that bad of time — about 30 minutes. Not nearly as quick as last year, in which we were in and out in less than 10 minutes, but good enough. I’ll go into detail about this later.

Apple.com: iNano for the wife. (Thanks, Smues, for the tip. We ordered this online when we came home for the first unloading.)

Staples: MP3 player, Norton anti-virus, two pairs of ear buds, 4-in1 laser printer, cordless phone with five receivers.

Petsmart: the cats’ xmas gifts. It’s a Mrs. kkk thing. I’m only along for the ride. Hey, it’s better than buying this overpriced shit when it’s not on sale.

Sears: HD cable kit, six sweat pants, eight shirts, one jeans.

Old Navy: three work pants for the better half.

Mall Shoe Store: work shoes for the better half.

Best Buy: Blu-Ray player, DVD for the better half.

Wal-Mart: mini stereo for work with a MP3 outlet, three sets of socks, three DVDs for the better half and Bush’s new book (that’s Mrs. kkk’s purchase, not mine).

Total spent: Roughly $1650.

All in all, another solid outing. I’m still amazed at times I got Mrs. kkk to go with me on these Black Friday excursions; there are times I actually think she enjoys this more than me.

Anyway, here’s the Target story which I mentioned earlier in this entry. In previous years when Target would open its doors, the whole store would be open for roaming. This enabled me to break away from the herd and zig-zag across the store until I got to the department I wanted to reach. Last year Mrs. kkk and I snagged a steam mop and high-end vacuum cleaner. One reason for our quick time in and out was because we got away from the mob and did our thing. We weren’t so luck this year. Target cut off access to the entire store except for the narrow entrance way. I had to contend with people trying to move shopping carts, which is what causes all the gridlock. Then the electronics department tried to do something different this year. The store decided to have everyone get in a line at the electronics department if someone wanted to purchase certain items — like the GPS I was gunning for. A lot of people were confused, which is to be expected. To make matters worse, Target tried to enforce this line with the “Caution: Yellow Tape” trick.

The yellow tape was destroyed within 5 people by shoppers who just wanted to get from Point A to Point B and this tape got in their way. I think next year Target needs to erect some sturdier barriers, such as actually metal display stands. Perhaps putting up some fliers on these stands that list what items a person should be in line for at this particular section of the store. Sure not everyone will actually read these fliers or understand what’s going on, but I think more people would. And that’s a start.

But my Black Friday shopping didn’t end on Friday…

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December 21, 2010 at 12:19 am

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Food Bank Bailout Belly-Up

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OK, this makes perfect sense. Don’t let an organization hold a food drive outside of your business, which happens to be a GROCERY STORE.

For more than a decade, the Kiskiminetas Masonic Lodge has held Christmas food drives at Allegheny Township’s Giant Eagle.

Every year, the group donated truckloads of food to the Salvation Army in Vandergrift.

But this year, members say they were barred from holding their food drive with no explanation other than that it’s against Giant Eagle company policy.

Giant Eagle spokesman Dick Roberts said the company would not comment. He did say that all Giant Eagle stores abide by the same policies.

But this group had been doing this for a decade-plus.

Managers at the local store referred comment to Roberts, but the store manager confirmed that the Allegheny Township store is a corporate-owned store, not an independent.

“We were told directly (by local managers) that the corporate headquarters said they weren’t going to let anybody collect,” said Ed Barclay, worshipful master of the Kiskiminetas Lodge in Vandergrift.

Barclay said he wrote two letters to Giant Eagle’s CEO and didn’t receive an answer. He said members have called the CEO, again with no response.

“We were not given any reason for this action by your company, and we are greatly disappointed,” Barclay said he wrote in the letter.

The Kiski Lodge had scheduled a food drive for Dec. 18 and was notified about three weeks ago that they couldn’t hold it.

That didn’t give the organization enough time to find any other suitable place for the food drive, Barclay said.

Here’s another example.

The Apollo Masonic Lodge held its Nov. 20 food drive at the store but was told a few days after it that they wouldn’t be allowed to anymore, Tom Weinel, the Lodge’s worshipful master said. As a result of the November drive, Masons delivered two pickups full of food, plus $234, to the Apollo food bank.

This is the second year the Apollo Lodge has solicited food bank donations at Giant Eagle, Weinel said.

The groups typically stand at the door, handing out fliers and collecting food and monetary donations, then deliver it to the food bank. Both groups usually hold drives around Christmas and Easter, and both were allowed to have their Easter drive earlier this year. In the spring, the Kiski group donates to Meals on Wheels.

Weinel said the sudden change is especially disappointing in a year when food banks are “crying the blues” for donations.

And these groups have the same reaction to this as I did.

Barclay can’t figure out the reasoning behind not allowing the food drive.

“These people are going in and buying items (to donate to the food drive) from Giant Eagle,” he said. “They were benefitting.”

I can understand why a store may not want a group pimping their wares by the entrance doors — especially if the group is selling perishable items that can take away money from the business. But these were FOOD BANK DRIVES. Ah, whatever. It’s not my business to run.

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December 20, 2010 at 11:27 pm

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Store No More

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So I read this article in the local fishwrap yesterday. It’s about a grocery store several hours north of here that’s closing it’s doors after 100+ years. Thanks a lot, HUESSEIN RECESSION~!!!

The freezer cases are mostly dark now. The empty spaces on the shelves grow a little larger every day, and the selection of cakes, cookies and homemade deli salads isn’t what it used to be.

Weislogel’s Shur-Fine, a family-owned business in Fairview Township for more than a century, is expected to close within a few weeks.

What began in 1904 as a butcher shop would grow to become a full-service grocery store and, by many accounts, one of Fairview Township’s most solid citizens.

While the article doesn’t reveal anything shocking about the events leading up to the closing — competition from mega-grocery chains, etc. — the last part of this story got my attention.

The store’s closing might not be a surprise, “but I’m not happy about it,” Klein (a customer) said.

Ron Weislogel (who runs the store) has been hearing that a lot lately.

People stop him. They tell him how much they’ll miss him, the store, the vegetable dip, the seafood salad, the convenience.

But Ron Weislogel seems torn. He is at once touched by their words of kindness and unhappy that the economy, demographics and competition conspired to close the doors after 106 years.

“It’s a nice sentiment,” he said. “I tell them thanks a lot.”

But in the end, he said, “It doesn’t pay the bills.”

It’s funny how so many people will say something like, “It’s too bad you’re store is closing,” yet they never actually bought anything at that place of business until everything was marked down 80 percent. I think it’s better to say nothing in these cases and just admit you are a vulture picking at a corpse.

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December 20, 2010 at 11:16 pm

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kkk’s Rule Of Life #50

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If you can afford cable television, high-speed internet, a big-screen TV and multiple phone lines, then you can afford to pay your !@#$% heating bill.

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December 19, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Aches And Pains Have Set In

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So last night I’m getting ready for the arrival of my big-screen television. Because of this I had to do some re-arranging around the house. I moved the bedroom television down to the basement. I moved the basement television upstairs to the second bedroom. I moved the living room television to the bedroom.

I then discovered that the living room television wobbled WAY too much on the bedroom television stand. With several cats, this spelled disaster if one would hop on top of this device. We already had one cat knock over/break our former bedroom television this way. Mrs. kkk and I then moved the living room television from the bedroom down the basement and moved the bedroom television that was occupying the basement back into the bedroom. I then tested out the spare bedroom television and the former basement television to see which had the best audio. (I usually have the spare bedroom TV on and listen to it while I’m in the nearby computer room. I discovered the former basement television wasn’t as good as the current spare bedroom television, so I moved this set back downstairs.

Then the better half and I took apart the living room entertainment stand and moved both halves down into the basement. We lost the top half in the move, but whatever. During this time I also gave the first-floor carpeting a good vacuum, which included removing the several dozen milk caps, pens and other assorted stuff the cats batted underneath the former stand.

Why am I talking about all this? Because it’s now Saturday morning and I’m SO GODDAMN SORE!!!!

The hell, man? I felt good last night. Now I can barely walk. Getting older can really suck sometimes.

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December 18, 2010 at 9:47 am

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Guilty As Charged

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So during the last day or so I have been going over my list of guilty pleasures and discovered that I really don’t feel guilty about any of them.

Hell, I’m not even sure what COUNTS as a guilty pleasure.

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December 17, 2010 at 11:42 pm

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kkk’s Rule Of Life #49

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Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store –with this here Internet, you can also order stuff online.

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December 16, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Not Out Of The DogHuse Yet

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Well if OJ Simpson was allowed to remarry…

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who spent time in prison for his involvement in dog fighting, said Tuesday having a dog as a pet would help in his rehabilitation

In an interview with NBC News and TheGrio.com, Vick said, “I would love to get another dog in the future. I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process.

“I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love and my passion for animals; I think it would be outstanding. If I ever have the opportunity again I will never take it for granted. I miss having a dog right now. I wish I could. My daughters miss having one, and that’s the hardest thing: telling them that we can’t have one because of my actions.”/blockquote>

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December 15, 2010 at 11:26 pm

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Stupid Secret Shopping

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So today I caved and bought a gift for the stupid “grab bag” at next week’s office party. God I’m such a conformist.

At my current place of employment, there is this annual Christmas lunch where all the tenants of the building I work at bring something to eat. Me? I supply the Pepsi. What can I say? I’m a guy.

Actually, I shouldn’t say “all the tenants.” Just those who show up. Either way, it’s a way to get out of doing a few hour’s worth of actual work.

This year, some of my co-workers decided to have this stupid “mystery grab bag” thing. I’m still not sure how it works, but each of us is to bring in a wrapped gift valued at no more than $10. Hilarity is supposed to ensue. *eyeroll*

I originally said I wasn’t going to partake in the festivities, but what’s the point? I just went out and bought “Heat” for $4 during my weekly grocery excursion and that’s that.

I don’t care for the whole “secret” gift-giving. Let me rephrase that. Buying a toy for some kid you don’t know is one thing. Buying a crappy “present” for a workplace function which will be received by one of your fellow tenants is different. Hell, I don’t really care for a number of the people here.

And let’s move past “secret Santa” events like the one mentioned above. I’m so tired of the rules of office gift-giving in general that this is what I now do. The better half bakes a bunch of cookies. I take about a half-dozen tins in with me a week before Christmas. If somebody gives me something, I hand out a tin of cookies I keep in my one drawer.

Have I always been like this? No. Once upon a time I actually bought gifts for co-workers without expecting anything in return. That went over like a ton of bricks. Then there was the first year at my previous job when I asked about the Christmas gift-giving policy. (Do we all exchange gifts at one event, make it a one-on-one affair, etc.) My vertically-challenged former co-worker then shouted NO WE DON’T DO THAT ANYMORE BWWWAH!!!! Memories. Of course, there was then shock throughout the office when I didn’t bring in anything for anybody. I guess that’s still better than my former co-worker that gave everyone scratched-off lottery tickets as a holiday present. (Her reasoning? She wanted to make sure everyone got a winner.)

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December 14, 2010 at 11:29 pm

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I Am Legend (Or Leader)

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“Legends” and “Leaders.” These are possibly the dumbest names for a conference that I’ve ever heard.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said the conference wanted to choose football division names that reflected both the league’s past and future.

And here they are: “Legends” and “Leaders.”

Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern will compete in the Legends division beginning in 2011. Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin will vie for the Leaders title.

Delany said the Big Ten felt it could not select legendary names such as “Hayes” and “Schembechler” because that would not have been “inclusive enough.” And geographic descriptions such as “Plains” and “Great Lakes” would have been, well, inaccurate.

So he said the league chose terms that reflect “our history and our future.”

You know, I actually like the “Hayes” and “Schembechler” idea. Well, maybe not “like,” but it’s better than “Legends” and “Leaders.” Actually, I like “Plains” and “Great Lakes” most of all.

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December 13, 2010 at 10:58 pm

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Let It Snow … Before Bedtime

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So the big snowfall that was supposed to take place this weekend hasn’t landed … yet.

What’s worse is that I still haven’t seen any flakes, and it’s 10:30 pm Sunday night.

You have no idea how much I hate going to bed and still being able to see the front yard, only to have that white shit covering it up when I get up in the morning.

At least when it’s coming down like a champ before bedtime, I have an idea of whether or not I’ll be going into work the next day. Grrrr.

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December 12, 2010 at 11:25 pm

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Better Late Than Never When Checking Out Tape Delayed Games

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So my local Fox Sports affiliate often replays Penguin games after the fact. I’ve never really paid much attention to these broadcasts. After all, the game has been played. I usually know the score anyway, so what’s the point?

Well last night the Penguins played at Buffalo and I had no idea who won this game. Because college football is over for the next few weeks, and there was nothing live going on at the NHL and NBA channels, I figured what the hell and had this replay game on as background noise as I did other things around the house.

I was glad I made this decision. Not only were the lengthy intermission breaks all but eliminated from this rebroadcast, but there was some other editing that turned this usual two-and-a-half contest into to just two hours. I might have to do this more often.

My only complaint. The “Fox Sports” icon at the top right corner of my screen had listed underneath the logo, “Rain Delay.” Surely someone can sub that out with “Replay” or a similar phrase.

Fox Sports also does replays with Pirate games. If you expect me to say anything more about this then you’re mistaken.

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December 12, 2010 at 9:15 pm

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Headline: Snow grounds NY Giants plane en route to Minnesota Vikings. In a related story, Roger Goodell fines Mother Nature $50k. (Video of the snow invasion.)

A powerful, gusty storm is dumping mounds of snow across the upper Midwest.

The storm has closed major highways in several states, canceled more than 1,400 flights in Chicago and collapsed the roof of the Minnesota Vikings’ stadium.

The Metrodome collapse reportedly happened around 5 a.m. Sunday morning. The Teflon roof is an inflatable roof which covers the Mall of America field during inclement weather.

According to Roy Terwilliger, chair of the Metropolitan Facilities Commission, there are an unknown number of tears in the roof. One of those tears is in the middle of the roof and allowed some snow and ice to spill onto the playing field.

The Metrodome was scheduled to be the site of a Monday night NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. However, the NFL says the Metrodome will not be able to host the game. The game will be played tomorrow night in Detroit.

You know, if I had the choice to play in a collapsed Metrodome or in Detroit, I think I’d pick the former.

This actually does bring up a legit question. If you are a Lions fan and happen to go to this Vikings/Giants game, who do you cheer for? Do you passions go with your divisional foe or against your divisional foe? Just an interesting social experiment, I guess.

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December 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm

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Flight, Not Fight

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So I saw this in today’s fishwrap and immediately thought back to my asshole governor’s veto of a bill allowing innocent citizens to use deadly force when threatened outside of their home.

A woman wrested a gun from a teenager who robbed her and killed him early Friday on a dark street in Munhall, Allegheny County police said.

Dwain Heath Jr., 17, of Munhall was shot in the chest about 12:05 a.m. between Hall and Ravine streets, where a group of homes, a pizza shop and a strip club sit at the edge of The Waterfront shopping district.

The 20-year-old woman was walking to buy cigarettes at a nearby convenience store when Heath pointed a gun at her and demanded money, said police and prosecutors, who did not release her identity.

“She handed over what little she had, but he asked for more,” said county police Lt. Andrew Schurman.

At that point, the two struggled for control of the gun. Heath was shot once in the chest.

“She stayed there and called 911,” Schurman said.

District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr.’s office will determine whether to file charges against the woman or rule the killing justified.

“We expect to get reports from Allegheny County police in the near future and will, at that time, completely review the facts and circumstances before making a final recommendation,” Zappala spokesman Mike Manko said in an e-mail.

Stupid bitch. Don’t you know you’re not supposed to fight back whenever somone threatens your life? You’re supposed to give someone everything you have, try to run away and/or plead for your life to be spared.

Did she even consider calling the ACLU with her cell phone? Probably not.

I hope they throw the book at her.

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December 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm

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Pining On What A Great Husband I Am

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So last night I learned that Mrs. kkk’s one friend has a husband that brought home a real pine tree for Christmas decorating. Why is this a big deal. Because Mrs. kkk’s friend is allergic to pine. And her friend’s husband knows this.

I’m looking pretty damn good right about now … well, no worse than adequate, at least.

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December 11, 2010 at 1:28 pm

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Let It Snow, Or Something Like That

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‎So my usual morning workplace commute of 60ish minutes got an extra half-hour tacked on due to a sprinkling of snow on the road. And it’s not even January yet. Jesus Christ.

And the actual snow storm is supposed to arrive some time this weekend. Monday’s commute is going to rock!

The funny thing is when there are actual inches on the ground the commute isn’t as bad. When there’s a glaze coming down everyone decides to go 5 mph. I don’t mind people driving slow, but when you are terrified then you shouldn’t be behind the wheel.

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December 10, 2010 at 10:24 am

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kkk’s Rule Of Life #48

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If people would pay more attention at the intersection when the light turns green and actually go when it’s their turn, then perhaps less people would drive through red lights; then again, probably not.

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December 9, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Number One With The Bullet

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Meet the Magic Bullet Blender: my newest obsession.

The better half and I purchased a regular ol’ blender at least 10 years ago, but I decided this year to kick things up a notch. This contraption was on sale at Kohl’s on Black Friday so I figured what the heck and got it.

Here’s what I like about it:

1) You don’t have to blend your ingredients into a big container and then pour it out into multiple glasses. I love the cleanup.

2) The motor chops stuff up good enough for my taste.

3) With several different mugs, all you have to do is rinse the blades and everyone can have whatever concoction they wish. Much easier to handle than one big container.

4) Because each much is for an individual, you don’t end up making way more than you wanted.

Now here’s what I don’t like about it:

1) I wish the mugs were just a little bit bigger.

All in all, not a bad purchase. While there’s a recipe book that comes with this product highlight all the things you can make with the Magic Bullet Blender, I think all I’m going to use this for are smoothies and milkshakes. I’m a complicated fellow, yes I is.

What do other people think about this?

Quit hatin’. (Actually, I had the same opinions this chick had.)

While this lady made a remark about all the lofty promises the Magic Bullet Blender’s infomercial made, I pretty much don’t pay any attention to these sales claims when buying a product like this. Does it do the job I want it to do? If the answer is yes, then I’m content.

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December 9, 2010 at 8:03 pm

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An Eclipse Of The DVD

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You know, I’m guessing the feeling I got when buying the “Special Edition” Twilight DVD yesterday was probably the same feeling a woman gets when there’s a box of tampons on the register and the cashier asks for a price check over the loudspeaker.

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December 8, 2010 at 8:02 pm

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Breaking The Wikileaks Case

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I admit it. I haven’t paid much attention to this Wikileaks guy.

A winter morning in backwoods Scandinavia and the chime of a church bell drifts across the snowbound town of Enkoping. Does it also toll for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange?

Today, this small industrial centre, 40 miles west of Stockholm, remains best-known — if known at all — as the birthplace of the ­adjustable spanner.

But if extradition proceedings involving ­Britain are successful, it could soon be rather more celebrated — by the U.S. government at least — as the place where Mr Assange made a ­catastrophic error.

Here, in a first-floor flat in a dreary apartment block, the mastermind behind the leak of more than 250,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables this month slept with a female admirer whom he had just met at a seminar. She subsequently made a complaint to police.

As a result, Assange, believed to be in hiding in England, faces a criminal prosecution and ­possibly jail. Last night, a European Arrest ­Warrant was given by Interpol to Scotland Yard.

The Stockholm police want to question him regarding the possible rape of a woman and separate allegations from another Swedish admirer, with whom he was having a concurrent fling. But there remains a huge question mark over the evidence. Many people believe that the 39-year-old ­Australian-born whistleblower is the victim of a U.S. government dirty tricks campaign.

They argue that the whole squalid affair is a sexfalla, which translates loosely from the Swedish as a ‘honeytrap’.

OK, so here’s some backstory to the first chick he had sex with or something.

Using a number of sources including leaked police interviews, we can begin to piece together the sequence of events which led to Assange’s liberty being threatened by Stockholm police rather than Washington, where already one U.S. politician has called on him to executed for ‘spying’.

The story began on August 11 this year, when Assange arrived in Stockholm.

He had been invited to be the key speaker at a seminar on ‘war and the role of the media’, ­organised by the ­centre-Left Brotherhood Movement.

His point of contact was a female party official, whom we shall refer to as Sarah (her identity must be ­protected because of the ongoing legal proceedings).

An attractive blonde, Sarah was already a well-known ‘radical feminist’. In her 30s, she had travelled the world following various fashionable causes.

While a research assistant at a local university she had not only been the protegee of a militant feminist ­academic, but held the post of ‘campus sexual equity officer’. Fighting male discrimination in all forms, including sexual harassment, was her forte.

Wait a second. This chick was a radical feminist, the protegee of a militant feminist academic and was a “campus sexual equity officer.” And she liked men?

Sorry, but my bullshit meter just went off. This gal probably has more hair under her arms than the Wikileaks guy has around his nether regions.

But I digress. Here’s the REAL reason why I’m posting this stuff.

That Thursday, he held court at the Beirut Cafe in Stockholm, dining with fellow ‘open government’ campaigners and an American journalist.

The following afternoon, Sarah returned to Stockholm, 24 hours earlier than planned.

In an interview she later gave to police, she is reported to have said: ‘He (Assange) was there when I came home. We talked a little and decided that he could stay.’

The pair went out for dinner together at a nearby restaurant. Afterwards they returned to her flat and had sex. What is not disputed by either of them is

that a condom broke — an event which, as we shall see, would later take on great significance.

So how many other people/outlets already made the Wikileaks/busted jimmy punchline? Mark me down for 12:43 pm ET.

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December 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm

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Pigskin Thoughts Of The Week

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So while watching the Red Zone channel yesterday, I heard during several broadcasts that the NFL did something different schedule-wise this year and backloaded each team’s schedule to include more divisional matchups toward the end of the regular season. You mean they haven’t been doing this before?

Oh, and I’ve also been hearing grumblings about not automatically awarding division winners a postseason berth. The reason this talk is going on is because of the godawful NFC West where it’s possible a sub-.500 team could win the division. A division winner deserves a postseason spot, no matter the record. Otherwise, don’t put teams in divisions.

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December 6, 2010 at 7:47 pm

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Knowing Who What When Where Why

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So I’ve been noticing JCPenny’s current ad campaign that is based around two words: “Who Knew!”

JC Penney has launched “New look. New year. Who knew!,” an integrated campaign for the 2010 Back-to-School season. This year’s campaign combines television, radio, digital, social and mobile – from haul videos and augmented reality to mobile iAds – while inviting teens to discover JCPenney as a destination for affordable style.

What I want to know is what did Who know and when did he know it?

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December 5, 2010 at 7:40 pm

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Undecided On Wanting Auburn To Remain Unbeaten

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It’s the middle of the first quarter, and I’m still undecided on who I want to win the SEC Championship Game — Auburn or South Carolina.

I would normally pull for Auburn due to the racism head coach Gene Chizik endured when he became the head coach a few years ago.

However, I want as much chaos as possible in the BcS system, so I want there to be just one undefeated team by day’s end — TCU.

I’d be content with either Auburn or Oregon losing today, but Auburn is playing a better team than Oregon. Therefore, if you go by the numbers South Carolina has a better chance of pulling the upset on Auburn than Oregon State has of defeating its in-state rival.

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December 4, 2010 at 5:36 pm

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White-Out In Cincinnati

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So I’m switching channels between the Cincinnati/Pitt game and the SMU/UCF game. I heard this broadcasting gem from the Cincy/Pitt commentators.

But first let me set this up: The game is being played in Cincinnati and it is snowing. The Pitt players are in all-white uniforms, making them blend in quite well with the surroundings.

The one broadcaster says that this “camouflage” will help the Pitt defense because the Cincinnati quarterback won’t be able to see them out on the field.

True, but wouldn’t it also affect the Pitt offense because the Pitt quarterback won’t be able to see his receivers on the field either?

While the Pitt quarterback benefits with the knowledge of knowing the play, he is also hampered if his receiver screws up the route.

That’s all. Thank you drive-thru.

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December 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm

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kkk’s Rule Of Life #47

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‎It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

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December 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Two Countries, One World Cup

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In Russia, soccer ball kicks you.

Muscovites reacted joyously tonight to the news that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup. As temperatures outside dipped below -20C, many thousands of viewers were glued to the announcement from Zurich, shown live on Russia’s national sports channel, Rossiya 2.

Uh, hooray?

I guess I’m biased to countries attempting to host an event like this which haven’t yet done so in my lifetime.

But what got me was finding out the 2022 World Cup host.

Russia and Qatar won the right to host soccer’s World Cup tournaments in 2018 and 2022, in a surprise ending to a process that has been marred by accusations of vote rigging.

The decision by soccer’s ruling body FIFA comes as a particular blow to the hopes of the U.S. delegation, whose bid for the 2022 event had long been considered the favorite.

In selecting Qatar, the tiny emirate in the heart of the Middle East, FIFA chose to bring the World Cup to a Muslim nation for the first time. A desire to make history, and the opportunity to partner with the natural-gas fortune of the Qatari royal family, ultimately proved irresistible to FIFA. Qatar has promised to spend $4 billion to build nine stadiums, renovate three others and equip all of them with a high-tech, outdoor air-conditioning system to combat summer temperatures that can reach 120 degrees. The country has vowed to spend an additional $50 billion on infrastructure ahead of the tournament.

I don’t know if Israel has a team that competes in World Cup qualifiers, but if they do I’m hoping they make it to the big stage in 2022. Ought to be an … interesting experience to say the least.

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December 2, 2010 at 11:14 pm

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A Body Guard In Every Pot

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Remember my comment about Pennsylvania’s governor denying a person’s ability to defend oneself in public. Here’s the solution: Give everyone who goes outside a bodyguard.

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl distanced himself Wednesday from what he called “politically motivated” criticism of overtime paid to police bodyguards who almost always are at his side.

Ravenstahl said Public Safety Director Michael Huss and police Chief Nate Harper want him to have security when he is in public, and he rejected the notion that his bodyguards make exorbitant salaries through overtime that squeezes the city’s lean public safety budget.

“For someone to suggest this is a budget breaker, it is politically motivated to make a story out of it,” Ravenstahl said, referring to television and newspaper reports that four bodyguards made $200,000 in overtime since 2009, a figure confirmed by the city Controller’s Office.

Hey, if it’s good enough for Fast Eddie…

Other political candidates in Pennsylvania have police security provided by taxpayers.

Gov.-elect Tom Corbett and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato had security agents with them during campaign stops, and Gov. Ed Rendell is accompanied by state police troopers.

…then it should be good enough for all of us.

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December 2, 2010 at 12:22 am

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kkk’s Rule Of Life #46

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You can try and throw me under the bus, but be warned that I make one helluva pothole.

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December 1, 2010 at 12:07 am