Friday, February 10, 2006
on LOVE MONKEY, smoking OLD DUTCH CLEANSER, and various and sundry OTHER MATTERS
Note to Sen. Arlen Spector (R-PA): I'm pretty sure that Old Dutch Cleanser isn't smokable. We'd have discovered it in the 60's if it was. However, just in case you're onto something, anybody out there still have your old hookah? Let's raid the cleaning supplies!
Seriously though, this is not a good time to be Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Besides the accusations of being a closet smoker of sink cleaner, another senator of his own party, Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also strongly challenged the AG's assertions that Congress implicitly approved warrentless surveillance when it passed the statutory force resolution. The "argument that you're making is very dangerous in terms of its application for the future," Graham told Gonzales. "When I voted for it, I never envisioned that I was giving to this president or any other president the ability to go around FISA carte blanche." Further, Sen. Russ Feingold is seeking an investigation into whether Gonzales deliberately lied to the senate during his confirmation hearings.
it also appears that the AG may be caught up in the Abramhoff/DeLay scandal. Senate Democrats hare demanding a special prosecutor be named to over see the scandal, in part because of the appearance that Gonzales is implicated. See the whole story here and here.
On the good news front, it appears the low fat diet is officially dead! A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes there is no evidence that a low fat diet leads to a lower incidence of heart disease or cancer. Which is exactly what cardiologists like Dr. Robert Adkins (Adkin's diet) and Dr. Arthur Agatson (South Beach diet) have been telling you for 15 years. So you wanna be healthy? It's not those fatty meats that are killing you, it's those empty carbs. So eat that steak, and all those veggies, but pitch that baked potato! Good news for us carnivores, not so good for you vegetarians out there!
Is anyone else already as bored with the "betting scandal" in the NHL as I am? A bunch of rich athletes bet big bucks on football. Now there's a surprise. Rich, competitive guys gambling! Who would have thought that? But so far, the evidence is that none of the bets were on hockey. So, until that changes....YAWN!
Speaking of hockey, today will be a historic first. Venerable Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, will host the first hockey contest in its illustrious history. The University of Wisconsin Badgers and the Ohio State Buckeyes will play in the first outdoor game in the history of either school. About 45,000 fans are expected for the game.
MY OFFICIAL TAKE IT TO THE BANK (OR RICK TOCCHET) OLYMPIC HOCKEY PICKS
Gold medal: CZECH REPUBLIC - Great goaltending with Dominic Hasek and Tomas Volkoun. Great goal scorers in Jaromir Jagr and Robert Lang and solid defense.
Silver: CANADA - Very deep team with goaltender Martin Brodeur finally getting healthy. A solid shot for gold, but Gretzky's legal problems may be a team downer.
Bronze: SWEDEN - probably the most talented team, but playing with an NHL rookie in goal. Henrik Lundqvist has had a brilliant rookie season with the New York Rangers, but can he stand up to the pressure of the Olympics? Still, this is the best team at the blue line of any in the Olympics. But the loss of Peter Forsberg will put a huge burden on the shoulders of Henrik Zetterberg to score early and often.
Can't figure: The Russians. This is a team with explosive offensive talent, both up front and at the blue line, and goaltending that should be as good as any. Any team with Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Sergei Zubov is gonna score a lot of goals. But it's goaltenders have badly under achieved this year, and the team is in disarray with little chemistry. This team will either be brilliant and take the whole thing, or suck pond scum. There will be no in between.
And somebody please explain this to me. How is it that the USA's best goaltender, Ryan Miller, is only an alternate and can't play unless one of the stiffs in front of him gets hurt? Understand that Miller's .925 save percentage is thirty points higher than USA starter Rick Di Pietro's .895. Miller, the former Michigan State star, has been brilliant for the Sabres this year. He should have had the chance to carry the load for Team USA. He would have given us a fighting chance at a bronze.
The only worse thing I've heard was when a bunch of housewives, in an afternoon bowling league in Duluth, were arrested for having a $.25/game/person pool for high score. They really nabbed a bunch of hard-core criminals that time. Sheesh. ;)
I haven't gotten into any new primetime shows, but I'm becoming addicted to Adult Swim on Cartoon Network. THere is nothing more bizzarre than Robot Chicken.
Bearing in mind that I know nothing about the depth of the hockey teams etc., here is my stab at predicting the medals: Gold - Czech Rep., Silver - Russia, Bronze - Canada. But who knows? We'll win the women's gold, though.
A. Specter...he was around before we moved up here. He must be 100 or something...
Well, this is strange. Now if only the Packers will play there this year. (Play as in stop looking like a bunch of jack*sses and win some games).
By the way, watched Canadian embarass the Italian team to the point I was seriously hoping Italy in the 2nd period would just give up and forfeit. The entire game, the puck was on the Italian side. The game was a joke. One player got a hat trick in the first period. I've never seen anything like that before.
DBD - I don't think there is a shred of decency left tin this entire administration. Incidentally. did you see where "Dead Eye" Dick shot one of his huntin partners?
MC - I think low fat anything is kinda like sausage... you never wnat to watch it being made!
ZS - thats what happens when you have a rule that makes it mandatory that the host country's team be allowed to play!
Is it just me, or is the chick on the Old Dutch cleanser can truly frightening...? :D
wc and sadie - I can't give up my addiction to them either, even though when I do, my health improves immediately. My blood sugars, triglycrides, cholesteral always improve dramatically. Truth is, insulin is hell on your body, and potatoes, white rice and sugar are about the worst things you can consume if you want to avoid insulin overload.
gympumkin - I have a post already composed on the Love Monkey subject, if f**king blogger will ever let me post again.
sme - yeah, my brother in law in Detroit says you can hit the scan button on your radio, and every station will be talking about the Great One and gambling.
This is probably the only time you will ever hear me say i am glad I am not in Detroit right now!
Things keep getting crazier in Washington.... but no one goes to jail or gets impeached!
GWB: I, for one, am a HUGE fan of hearing that low-fat is useless and dead. :) Best news I've heard in ages.
still think it will be between Canada, Sweden, and and the Czech Republic though.