Super Bowl LXI

Personally, wanted the Bears to win, but they didn’t deserve it. Lord, Rex Grossman is awful. I thought Indianapolis should have given him the MVP award for all the fricking help he gave them. Tony Dungy is probably the nicest guy in the NFL and it’s nice to see him get his ring. Plus now everyone can shut up about Peyton Manning. Btw, what was up with the commercials? Suckfest and no movie previews for the big ’07 films.

Renaissance News Report

It does occasionally rain in Southern California. Not a lot. We’re talking 15 times a year. One of those just happened while I was carrying a package across campus. So while I sit here and dry out, let’s look at the news.

* High school wrestling was suspended Tuesday across Minnesota due to a widespread outbreak of herpes. I honestly want to make jokes, but here we have a situation where there really is no need.

* Airline pilots will be allowed to fly until they turn 65 instead of the current mandatory retirement age of 60 under a proposal to be announced Tuesday by Federal Aviation Administrator Marion Blakey.

* A Senate Republican on Tuesday directly challenged President Bush’s declaration that “I am the decision-maker” on issues of war. “The decider is a shared and joint responsibility,” Specter said. More important, I think, is that DECIDER IS NOT A WORD. These are the leaders of our country debating a word that DOES NOT EXIST.

* Adm. William Fallon, who is poised to become the top American commander in the Middle East (i.e. Quasi-Decider), says the United States miscalculated the ability of Iraqi forces to take control and underestimated the enemy’s persistence.

* The European Union was expected to launch a debate Tuesday that could lead to a EU-wide ban on smoking in public places. It follows bans already imposed by several European countries.

* The new Windows operating system, Vista, went on sale in stores early this morning.

* The NBA suspended Laker Kobe Bryant for one game after he punched the Spurs Manou Ginobili in the face during a game.

* For reasons that blow my tiny mind, enough of you went to see Epic Movie that it earned $19.2 million and finished atop the box office, assuring us that we will continue to get crappy spoof movies at the rate of two a year.

* FOX canceled Armed & Famous after 4 episodes. Almost as if it was a bad idea or something….

You have to love that I lead with the Minnesota herpes story.

A New Addition to the Pack

There’s a new edition to the Yaeger clan: a 10 week old Jack Russell terrier, named….Pee Wee (Not….my….call). He’s the runt of his litter, born without a tail, and possesses an unnatural inclination to bit people’s ears, but he is-without debate-the most likable dog this side of the two I already own.

Renaissance News Report

TGIF to all of you. Today’s agenda looks a little slim for me until the faculty/staff meeting at noon (where I will-I hope-achieve a new level of ‘zoned out’). So to the news.

* After touting the troop surge in the State of the Union, President Bush was rebuked by the Senate when the plan was trashed in committee. President Bush responded by reminding us all that he was “the decision maker”, which at the very least is a grammatical improvement from last year’s “I’m the decider” speech.

* The Defense Department is giving away free equipment the military no longer needs to state and local police: fatigues for secret surveillance of drug labs in Indiana, a tranquilizer gun to shoot bears in Pennsylvania and a doublewide trailer in Virginia….speaking as a former Virginian, I just have to say…we can go next door and get trailers from West Virginia. We want tranq guns.

* A South Dakota Statehouse scandal in which a lawmaker is accused of fondling a page has transfixed South Dakota, with many people following the case on TV and the Web as if it were a Hollywood reality show. All of this leading to 2 questions:
1) What is so damn attractive about pages?
2) Is there a compelling reason NOT to trade the Dakotas to Canada for, say, timber?

* President Bush has requested, get ready for it, $10.6 billion in aid for Afghanistan. This would be in addition to the over $8 billion we’ve given them since we de-nested their country of terrorists (oh yes, we got them all….cept that bearded fellow, what was his name?). Do you have health care? I don’t have health care. I’m just saying…if we somehow have $10 billion sitting around….

* The Senate on Friday voted unanimously to confirm the nomination of Army Lt. Gen. David Petraeus to command U.S. troops in Iraq, a position voted this week by me, “Crappiest Job Possible”.

* South Carolina Republican Representative Duncan Hunter launched a longshot bid for the U.S. presidency Thursday in this early voting state. Hunter initially announced his intentions in October, becoming the first Republican candidate to announce. So, let’s see so far it’s Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Tom Vilsack, and about 15 other Democrats vs. Duncan Hunter. Should be fun.

* Crazed and foaming Venezuela President Hugo Chavez told the US to “go to hell” earlier this week, but was disappointed upon learning that we’d already been there in a handbasket. Not out of sympathy, mind you, but handbaskets are sweet for smuggling drugs out of his country.

* Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni have signed 2 year contracts to extend their stay on Law & Order: SVU. Adam Beach will join the cast.

* Christopher Eccleston and Eric Roberts will be joining the cast of NBC’s Heroes in upcoming episodes.

* The CW has renewed Everybody Hates Chris for a third season.

* Katie Holmes will not be returning for Batman sequel, The Dark Knight.

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