Monday, September 29, 2008

Awesomeness



I will need one of these for the coming apocalypse.

Hummer looks to take on Jeep in the entry level 4 Wheel Drive fun car. Interesting as the Military version of the H1, the Humvee replaced the military version of the Jeep Wrangler.

The First Debate

I didn't watch it. I didn't need to. I read the transcript, and then I looked at the polls to see who the people thought won.

From reading the transcript, I would say that McCain attempted to present his case, and that Obama was waving the hammer and sickle. So, I knew 100% that the people would be saying that Obama won the debate.

I was right.

Freedom is dead in America, and it becomes evident when Obama out and out says that the free market can not solve any problems. Never mind that government buying bad loans off of banks is what got us in to the credit crunch in the first place. Government is the answer says Obama... And McCain!

We are at the point of the downhill slide in to Communism and oppression. Its march was arrested briefly by Ronald Regan and the Republican congress of Newt Gingrich. Those two moments were merely speed bumps in the road set forth by Hoover, Roosevelt, LBJ, and George W. Bush.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Running a 10 K

My wife likes to run. I do not. She wanted me to run a 10K with her. I was less than enthused, but I decided to run it, because it would make her happy, and I wanted to see if I could do it.

I had planed to do some training for this by doing some running, but work has been crazy these past few weeks, and I got zero time to work out. So I started to run farther than I ever have before with no training.

My wife set a slow pace for us to start out, I thought that it was too slow, but I decided to defer to her better knowledge of how to finish these things.

I have to admit that I was a little embarrassed, because an older gentleman was smoking us right out of the gate. He was not running, he was speed walking. Take that ego!!

There was not much to tell about the race itself. It was fun talking with my wife during the run. She was enjoying herself, and I was just trying to keep the pace. I got to take the water from one of the people at the hydration point, just like one of the marathon runners I saw at the Olympics. That was kind of cool.

As we hit the 3 mile mark or so we started to notice certain things. We were starting to pass the people that were smoking us at the beginning.

As we got more and more comfortable in the run, we began to speed up, passing more and more fast starters who were now walking.

Then we saw something... The speed walker. We kicked it up just a little bit and passed the speed walker. Take that man twice my age!!!

I started to run out of gas about the six mile mark, and really struggled for the last .2 miles.
I finished at about 1 hour and 10 minutes, running about 5.5 miles an hour. It was an accomplishment, even though my time was nothing for a runner to brag about. I don't care because I am not a runner. I kept running the whole time. I did not stop, and did not walk. Our steady, ever increasing pace did wonders, as we did not gas early and have to rest. The wife really nailed that one!

I enjoyed the run mainly because it was something I did with my wife... I might do another run, but I will train a bit next time.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

UFN Omaha Recap

A good overall show, lots of good technique, but many fighters not really fighting to win...

Dan Miller def Rob Kimmons Submission (Rear-naked choke) 1:27 rnd 1
My Pick: Miller by kneebar first round.
It wasn't a kneebar, but pretty close.

Mike Massenzio def Drew McFedries Submission (Kimura) 1:28 rnd 1
My Pick: I think Drew McFedries breaks his win one loose one streak by winning by KO in the second round.
Drew does not break his streak and is again win one loose one.

Jason Brilz def Brad Morris TKO (Punches) 2:54 rnd 2
My Pick: Brilzy by G&P KO first round.
MAMAz Boyz finally get their first win in the UFC!!!!!!!! Brilz is destined for greatness and he sure showed it tonight!


Joe Lauzon def Kyle Bradley TKO (Punches) 1:34 rnd 2
My Pick: Lauzon wins this one by some kind of a leg lock, most likely a heel hook second round.
No heel hook, but we will take a KO in the second!


Wilson Gouveia def Ryan Jensen Submission (Armbar) 2:04 rnd 2
My Pick: Jensen by KO second round
Ryan just can't catch a break against Brazilian BJJ Black Belts...

Alessio Sakara def Joe Vedepo KO (Head kick and punch) 1:27 rnd 1
My Pick: Sakara by KO first round
What did I just say??

Eric Schafer def Houston Alexander Submission (Arm-triangle choke) 4:53 rnd 1
My Pick: Eric by armbar first round.
Eric was setting up the armbar from the mount, but Houston was not biting. Easy arm triangle choke, or super seeker for you catch wrestlers out there. This should send Houston packing from the UFC, and should put Schafer back in the mix. Shafer v Brilz? Sounds interesting to me.


Alan Belcher def Ed Herman Decision (Split)
My Pick: Herman by RNC third round.
Alan did just enough, barely, to win the fight. I have never seen a guy fight more not to loose than Belcher did. I know he was just listening to his corner when he did not throw kicks, but THAT is is greatest weapon! Sure, you run the risk of getting taken down when you kick. I relearn that every time I kick against Brilz, but I also relearn that if you throw the kick off of a punch combo it often lands and you do NOT get taken down. Belcher was pot shooting. He earns the win, but I didn't like it.

Clay Guida def Mac Danzig Decision
My Pick: Mac by G&P KO second round
Clay's pace was much too much for Danzig. Danzig was simply out physicaled. Clay has trouble putting anybody away, so a decision is the best he can hope for.

Nathan Diaz def Josh Neer Decision (Split)
My Pick: Diaz by RNC late second round.
Josh showed a great ground game in this exciting chess match. It seemed that both fighters were well matched up. I though that Josh should have stuck with his stated game plan of trying to bang with Nate. Josh's stand up seemed to be more powerful, and that, I think, would have been the decider in this match.


I think that this show really emphasized a growing problem in MMA that of fighters not willing to fight to win. Alan Belcher is a good example of this. He threw one or two punch combos keeping Herman away, but that was IT. In the last round, when Ed could barley stand he was so tired, Belcher should have thrown the leg and body kicks in bunches to try and end the fight. Instead he just stood in front of Ed. Makes for boring fights, and silly split decisions.

I go 6 for 10.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

LET THEM DIE!!!

For the love of Pete!!! Let AIG die!!! Why the hell is the government bailing them out?????????

LET THEM DIE. I have read the Constitution and the Amendments back to front, and NOWHERE does is say "The right of the State to Bail out large companies who make bad investments shall not be infringed."

THIS is what will kill this country. Not only do we not have the money for this bail out it is not even in the nature of our government to do so.

Let them go.

Fighers Make Weight for UFN Omaha

Nathan Diaz (155) vs. Josh Neer (155)
Mac Danzig (155) vs. Clay Guida (155)
Ed Herman (185) vs. Alan Belcher (185)
Houston Alexander (205) vs. Eric Schafer (205)
Wilson Gouveia (185) vs. Ryan Jensen (185)
Joe Lauzon (155) vs. Kyle Bradley (155)
Dan Miller (185) vs. Rob Kimmons (185)
Drew McFedries (185) vs. Mike Massenzio (185)
Jason Brilz (205) vs. Brad Morris (205)
Alessio Sakara (185) vs. Joe Vedepo (185)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

UFC Fight Night OMAHA!!

The UFC brings its show to Omaha Nebraska for the first time. It also has the strangest headliner in a very long time...

Dan Miller Vs. Rob Kimmons (Middleweight)
Miller is an IFL vet with a lot of submissions to his name. This is his first fight in the UFC.
Kimmons is the first of many VFC vets on this UFC show. He once fought for, and lost, a VFC title fight to Ryan Jensen, who is also on this card. Kimmons has a good right hand, and is a tough guy, but his ground and cardio is suspect. Rob does have the advantage of fighting, and winning in the UFC.
I think that Rob will have his hands full with Dan Miller. Miller seems to have the better ground game, and I suspect that he will be in better shape than Rob. Miller by kneebar first round.


Drew McFedries Vs. Mike Massenzio (Middleweight)
Drew is back after beating Mavin Eastman at the last TUF final. Drew has been on again off again in the UFC, and has not yet been able to find a rhythm. Each fight he seems to be a different person.
Massenzio is an IFL vet, who lost his last fight via kneebar. Fortunately for Mike, Drew is not really known as a ground guy.
I think that this will be a relatively easy fight for Drew. He should be on the road back after his impressive KO victory over Eastman, but if the Drew who lost to Patrick Cote and Martin Kampmann shows up, things might be different.
I think Drew McFedries breaks his win one loose one streak by winning by KO in the second round.

Jason Brilz Vs. Brad Morris (Light Heavyweight)
Jason Brilz is finally in the UFC!!! Jason turned down a spot on the original TUF season to concentrate on his career. He had just had a baby and just stared a new job. MMA was not paying the bills, and no one could have known how the show would have taken off. But he is there now!! Brilz is an excellent wrestler and has improved his stand up to be very effective. His cardo is good and he easily mauls me.
Morris lost in his UFC debut to Cain Velasquez vai KO. Morris is a Japanese JJ practitioner, and has some wins via KO and submission.
Did you really think you were going to get honest reporting from me on my friend and training partner? Come on. Brilz is Barack Obama and I am NBC. Brilzy by G&P KO first round.

Joe Lauzon Vs. Kyle Bradley (Lightweight)
Lauzon is coming off of a tough loss to Kenny Florian. Joe is a slick ground guy and and overall scrappy fighter.
Kyle lost his debut to Chris Lytle back in February, and has not fought since... typical move by the UFC.
Lauzon wins this one by some kind of a leg lock, most likely a heel hook second round.

Wilson Gouveia Vs. Ryan Jensen (Middleweight)
Wilson was surprised by Goran Reljic's power in his last fight and got caught. Wilson thought that he was too small for the 205 lb weight class, and moved to 185. He was scheduled to fight Omaha native Jeremy Horn, but an injury forced Jeremy to withdrawal.
Wilson is a BJJ black belt, and trains at the best MMA gym in the country, ATT.
Ryan has not had good luck in the UFC loosing the two of his fights against guys who are now tearing up the 185 lb division, Thales Leites and Demian Maia. Ryan has rededicated himself to MMA and is focused on winning this fight. He looked super sharp against me the last time I went toe to toe with him, hitting me with right hands and even knocking me completely off of my feet with a deep monster leg kick.
I think that if Ryan keeps his focus, and keeps this fight on the feet where he seems to have an advantage. I think if Ryan gets on his back he may be in for a long night. BUT Ryan will keep the fight standing up and will catch Wilson with a monster right hand left hook combo that he has so often dropped me with and will get the first win of his UFC career! Jensen by KO second round.

Alessio Sakara Vs. Joe Vedepo (Middleweight)
Sakara felt that 205 was too tough for him, so he dropped a weight class and was promptly knocked out by Chris Lebin at 185. This proves that a hole in your technique is not solved with a move in weight class. Sakara's strength is his sharp boxing, but his weakness is a glass chin.
Vedepo makes his debut in the UFC after fighting... nobody. He seems to be a ground guy with most of his wins coming by submission. He is from Iowa City, and was a stand out in High School wrestling.
This feels like the UFC is doing a favor for Sakara's gym ATT by feeding him a cupcake. I am sure that Joe is tough, but I have a feeling that his game will be transparent. Sakara will stuff Joe's takedowns and will knock him out standing. Sakara by KO first round.

Houston Alexander Vs. Eric Schafer (Light Heavyweight)
Houston hits people very hard. Houston has no ground game, nor is he working on getting one.
Eric is a BJJ stand out with slick submissions and good takedowns.
Eric by armbar first round.

Ed Herman Vs. Alan Belcher (Middleweight)
Ed was back in the swing of things by winning three straight, then ran in to the seemingly unstoppable Demian Maia. Ed was in trouble throughout most of the fight, running away from sub after sub.
Alan Belcher also lost his last UFC attemept getting knocked out by Jason Day back in April.
Belcher is known mainly as a guy with heavy hands. I think that Ed can weather the storm of the initial two rounds and take a submission win in the third. Herman by RNC third round.

Clay Guida Vs. Mac Danzig (Lightweight)
Clay knocked out his cream puff of an opponent at UFN 13 to bounce back from his RNC loss to Roger Huerta. Clay keeps going and going fighting at 100 mph for all three rounds. I have never seen him get tired. After his fights he looks like he could go for another 3 rounds.
Mac was the immovable object in his TUF season steamrolling everybody in his path. He then went on to win one move fight over Mark Bocek as his first non TUF fight.
This will be a very entertaining fight. You have Clay the hyper monkey man vs Mac the composed ass kicker. It will eventually end when Mac finally gets the monkey man down and smashes him. Mac by G&P KO second round.

Nate Diaz Vs. Josh Neer (Lightweight)
Nate is 4-0 in the UFC! Nate has a slick ground game and the Diaz never say die moto.
Josh Neer won his last fight in the UFC by decisioning Din Thomas. His last fight before that in the UFC was a loss to Nate's brother Nick. Josh has a good ground game, highlighted by a slick triangle from the bottom that he seems to get everybody in.
Honestly... I like Josh Neer. I have met and talked with him several times at various events. He is a nice guy. He has no chance. Nate is at a different level fighting different level opponents. This is the biggest miss match in years to headline a UFC event... Nate should be fighting a Hermies Franca or Sean Sherk, not Josh Neer. Nate will beat up Josh standing, definitely opening up one of Josh's many scars. After that Nate will take Josh down and either finish him by G&P or Submission.
Diaz by RNC late second round.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Goldberg and McCain Reveal Constitutional Ignorance



Whoopi, John... The Constitution does not say word one about slaves. None. That was intentionally left up to the states. So even if you rolled back the Constitution to the original 10 Amendments, your state would STILL need to ratify slavery. On top of that, the 13th Amendment bans slavery from the United States. So even if you got rid of all of the federal law passed from this time to that the institution of slavery is STILL illegal.
Instead of calling on her idiocy, McCain simply lets it go by saying "That's a good point."

That's a good point??? He would have corrected her if she said that he was an Air Force pilot. He would have corrected her if she said that he was the Senator from New Mexico. He would have corrected her if she said that he was running against Walter Mondale. But let obvious ignorance go??

The Constitution Go a head read it. If you can find where it says that it is OK to have slaves I will buy you a cookie.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Kicking Over the Apple Cart

私はかんげがあります。もちろん私は私のかんげは一番よいいと思います。だから、ときどきひとさまは悪いかんげがあります。いつも、私と人さまべんじります。
私は、かいしゃが好きです。だから、かいしゃもといいになりたいです。でも、多分人さまは私が嫌いです。
なぜみなさんは弱いですか?いつもしごとのひと話では真人はきつ。でも、みなさんはいつもしずかです。
つかります。

Say It Ain't So YouTube...

YouTube has announced that it will no longer allow "videos that incite violence, in addition to videos that contain hate speech and gratuitous violence." This was voiced by Joe Lieberman as a "win" for America. He said that YouTube was a place where Islamic Terrorists were inciting attacks around the world.

Sad. Why do we need the First Amendment? To guarantee the rights of Islamic Terrorists, Nazis, and other scumbags to say what ever they want, with out fear of government reprisal. If you don't like some one's ignorant ravings, click on the video of the horse kicking the guy in the nuts. That is always good for a laugh.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


Ok lets take a look at that... hummm Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech or the press... Hummmm... Well I guess it depends on the definition of "no.".. Nah that won't fly, too Clintonesque.

The fact is, Google should have told Joe to pound sand. He had no legal leg to stand on, nor would the charge fly in the Supreme Court. Even under the abomination called the "Patriot Act."

Freedom dies when good men say nothing in the face of evil. Shame on Google.

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Guy getting kicked in the nuts by a horse

Thursday, September 11, 2008

90 Freaking Teslas???

Scientists are building the world's strongest magnet. It is estimated to be 90 Tesla strong. 90 freaking Teslas!!!!
The MRI machine uses a very powerful magnet. So strong in fact that all metal must be removed. So strong that if the patient has a colloquial implant, the MRI machine could pull it out of place and kill the patient. MRI magnets are rated at 0.5 to 1.5 teslas.

The magnet will be used in High Energy Physics experiments.

Hot freaking socks... Magneto would be proud.



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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Last Day For Humanity

Tomorrow they turn on the CERN colider and we will all be vaporized... Perhaps some remnant will remain. Perhaps this blog will remain...

Perhaps some alien researching will know that on this planet, in a very special place, free men fought to be free. Perhaps...

Monday, September 8, 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008

UFC 88 Fighters Make Weight

Roan Carneiro (170) vs. Ryo Chonan (170)
Jason Lambert (185) vs. Jason MacDonald (185)
Dong Hyun Kim (170) vs. Matt Brown (170)
Tim Boetsch (205) vs. Michael Patt (205)
Thiago Tavares (155) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (176)
Martin Kampmann (184.5) vs. Nathan Marquardt (185)
Dan Henderson (185) vs. Rousimar Palhares (184.5)
Rich Franklin (204.5) vs. Matt Hamill (205)
Chuck Liddell (204) vs. Rashad Evans (205)

McCain's Speech

McCain did a lot of things that I expected, and a bunch of things I did not.

I expected him to make some sort of "nice guy" message to Obama. This is in line with his change of image that he has been going through the last few years. The people viewed him as a guy with an out of control temper, and it hurt him in the 2000 election. He wants his image to be that of a steel hard kindly grandfather. He is actually starting to pull it off too. Any way he said something like Good work Obama, you are a good competitor. blah blah blah

He then started to paint a picture of the USA as not doing very well these days. Saying "These are tough times for many of you. You're worried about keeping your job or finding a new one, and are struggling to put food on the table and stay in your home." No. I don't believe that. With 5.7% unemployment, only 0.7% above full employment, you would have to be hiding in your room, under your bed, with a blanket over you not to find a job. Work is there, you just have find it.

He talked about tax cuts and keeping spending low... I will believe that when I see it. That was essentially what GWB said when he gave his first acceptance speech. I don't see McCain being any different on the spending front, as he is even more likely to go along with the Socialists and their invasive, liberty stealing government programs.

He brought up the fact that he will be very hawkish on our enemies. This I am sure of.

What he did that I did not expect is that his speech tugged on the heart strings of anybody who loves their country. I knew that he would talk of his POW experience. I thought that he would speak of it like he has in the past. The badge of honor he wore for his country. He did in a way, but this time it was different... He said this after describing the offer of the Vietnamese to let him go because of who his father was:
A lot of prisoners had it worse than I did. I'd been mistreated before, but not as badly as others. I always liked to strut a little after I'd been roughed up to show the other guys I was tough enough to take it. But after I turned down their offer, they worked me over harder than they ever had before. For a long time. And they broke me.

When they brought me back to my cell, I was hurt and ashamed, and I didn't know how I could face my fellow prisoners. The good man in the cell next door, my friend, Bob Craner, saved me. Through taps on a wall he told me I had fought as hard as I could. No man can always stand alone. And then he told me to get back up and fight again for our country and for the men I had the honor to serve with. Because every day they fought for me.

Holy freaking crap. If that does not pull at your heart strings, and get you a little choked up, you are an America hating robot.

Next he said:
I'm not running for president because I think I'm blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save our country in its hour of need. My country saved me. My country saved me, and I cannot forget it. And I will fight for her for as long as I draw breath, so help me God.


Wow. Powerful stuff. I expected him to mention his service, but that love of country stuff is really good.

BUT, after you get past the emotion and look at the speech, it is just more rhetoric. Very good mind you, but just words. There was very little in the way of specific plans, or new directions. It was a good speech, but it is not what I am looking for. If you love this country so much, why did you injure it so by essentially crossing out the first amendment with your campaign finance reform bill? If you want to keep this country safe so much, why did you put together such a horrible bill on illegal emigration? If you want this country to succeed financially so much, why did you put forth such an economically crippling environmental bill?

John McCain is a much better man than I. But he needs to answer questions about how he has targeted liberty, and eroded freedom.


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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sara Gives a Speech

Blah, blah, I am Governor of Alaska, blah, blah, blah, I have a baby with Downs, blah, blah Liberals are bad.

Who cares? Except in very rare circumstances the Vice President of the United States of America does very little. I would love to be VP. You get to go everywhere around the world, and talk to all of the news makers, but not really negotiate anything. You have to attend all sorts of funerals and stuff, but that is not so bad.

Does anyone think for a moment that Sara Palin, as VP, would have any power at all in a McCain Administration? HA!! No freaking way! The only thing she could do is resign if McCain does something that she does not like.

McCain does his speech tonight. I will skim the transcript, like I did with Obama's speech. The only thing I am really interested in is how Obama will handle his interview with Bill O'Riley tonight. If nothing else we will get to see how good a dancer he is.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008