Sunday, September 26, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
If you're a Gamecock fan, the name Erik Kimrey brings to mind one thing and one thing only: The Fade.
For a snakebit program that saw its one shot at everlasting glory snuffed out by, of all the possible villians in college football, the Midshipmen of Navy for crying out loud, our grand memories revolve around what other programs may scoff at.
In this case, it is the David-versus-Goliath-like tale of a walk-on QB, getting up off the bench and marching out onto the field against a top-25 football program, for one play, on 4th down, and throwing a perfect pass to win the game, inspire hope in thousands and cement his own legacy in immortality with the utterance of one phrase: "I can throw the fade, Coach."
Do we care learning now, thanks to a great article by David Cloninger, that Kimrey never actually said those exact words? Hell no. Some memories and stories are just too damn good to let facts get in the way. Personally, we're just glad to see Kimrey didn't become a raging alcoholic, because there is no way the man would have had to pay for a single drink in Columbia after that throw.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
After a rocking 9-5-2 start week 1, we fired out of the gates in week 2 with a 8-3-1 start until misfiring on the last 4 games to bring us back to that land we know so well, The Land of Even Steven. Better known as .500.
BTPC pick = Steelers laying the 2.5
Tom Brady says as long as his wife is cutting her shorts like this, he's perfectly fine following her orders on cutting his hair...
Patrick Willis is the best defensive player in football and was the 11th pick of the 2007 NFL draft.
Yes...it looks like Champ Bailey is gonna be out, which spells trouble for the Broncos. But more importantly, Knowshon Moreno re-injured another hammy.
God thinks Kurt Warner is an idiot if he's the reason Warner went on Dancing with Stars. Even God knows the only reason to even watch that show is Edyta Śliwińska
Yes...Jake Cutler has looked ok. And yes, he's gotten himself a new girlfriend. But can anyone name a time one of Kristin Cavallari's relationships has worked out? Anyone?
Last Week: 8-7-1 Upset Specials 2-0
Season to date: 17-12-3
Career to date: 143-134-11
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
But we thought the two ads were pretty telling. We've posted the videos of both below. Take gander at them and see if you can spot the difference.
You done yet?
Ok...what did you notice about these ads? Both of these ads have been labeled "negative" by the media. Does each ad focus on going after the other candidate? Yes. But did you catch the difference between the two?
Sheheen's ad, titled "Think," takes specific claims by Haley and attacks them with specific facts. Haley's ad, titled "Mirror," makes generic accusations against Sheheen. It's obvious Haley is appealing to the Tea Partiers by throwing such generic crap against the wall to see what will stick. It's Pavlovian politics at its base form. Let's call this person these things and see if we can make the simpleton voters salivate.
We've got news for Nikki, she's an "Columbia insider" too. The hand-picked protege of her mentor, Mark Sanford. And whatever issues she thinks the term "trial lawyers" brings to people's minds, it ain't like the term "accountant" is any better. Enron anyone? Say what you want about Sheheen's ad, but at least there is a bit honesty in his attacks, while every one of the charges laid in Nikki's ad are just plain false.
The "Obama Spending and Healthcare disasters?" While the stimulus spending has done all that was hoped (unemployment being the big disappointment), the majority of economists agree that as a whole it has been successful. The bank bailouts and GM bailouts have all been successes. And there is absolutely nothing to substantiate her claim that the Affordable Healthcare Act has been a "disaster." That's as faulty and disingenuous statement as Boehner's claim that the passage of the act would be Armageddon. We're still here, assholes.
The Slush fund thing is simply so lame and generic we don't know how to respond. Probably because it is complete horseshit.
The "runaway lawsuits" line is the same crap that has been peddled for years. We've had tort reform and guess what...the only thing it has done is made more money for insurance carriers and limited the ability of those harmed to be fully compensated. Tort reform, no matter what state you look at, has never lowered insurance rates or created/saved jobs. It's a red herring.
But what these ads really do, we think, is frame the question voters will need to answer this November: Who should be our chief executive here in South Carolina...A successful trial lawyer or an incompetent accountant? That doesn't seem like much of a question at all, now does it?
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Tues, Sept 21: Greenville, SC - Brown Street Jazz Club 6:30pm-9:30pm
Sept 22: Boone, NC - The Inn at Crestwood 8pm-10pm
Thurs, Sept 23: Rock
Hill, SC - Winthrop University 7pm-9pm
Fri, Sept 24: Charleston, SC -
Alluette's Jazz Cafe 9:30-11:30pm
Sat, Sept 25: Columbia, SC - The Blue
Sun, Sept 26: Greenville, SC – Euphoria Jazz Brunch!
Downtown Greenville 10:30am-2pm
So pick a show, go out and support a guy from Florence that is making it at the top of his field. We're gonna catch Rapp Friday night in Chucktown and get our jazz groove on.
Monday, September 20, 2010
In McNair v. United Energy Distributors, Court of Appeals Judge Daniel F. Pieper cited compelling authority in his concurring opinion:
As the sixteen-time world heavyweight wrestling champion Ric Flair once said, "Space Mountain may be the oldest ride in the park, but it has the longest line." The same holds true for equity. For justice to be rendered in cases properly before a magistrate, equitable and legal principles must "ride together" and be applied according to applicable established principles.
Obviously, Judge Pieper is custom-made, from head to toe. Wooooo!!!!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
It's got four Whopper patties, a bun the size of a bike tire, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, tomato sauce and a whitish condiment called "Tuscan Pesto Sauce."
Sunday, September 12, 2010
To paraphrase the great Cory Boyd...the NFL is back like cooked cracked. To those new to our weekly prognostication efforts who are wondering, how good is the 'Pine at picking games, allow us to retort. Not very. In fact, we are about as close to an automatic 50% as you can get. Last year, we went 126-122-7 so it's actually 49.411 percent. Whatever, we rounds up here at the 'Pine. So just think of our picks as, hopefully, a more entertaining way to flip a coin.
Preseason games. We're talking 'bout practice, man. Come on. Did Buffalo sneak an offensive line across the border, avoiding customs, while we were sleeping? We didn't think so.
Gentlemen, this is what fortune and fame can get you. Now you know why Dr. Indiana Jones confronted his fear of snakes...
When in doubt, go with the 'stache.
Apparently, it only got worse in the locker room. Classy. Nice to see the Jets are focused headed into their season debut.
Friday, September 10, 2010
For the love of Christ, Stark County Republicans...Phil Davison has a MASTERS DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION! By not nominating him as your party's candidate for Stark County Treasurer, you are all gonna wind up IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER!!!!!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Those who wish to demonize unions forget the vital role they played in our society. Labor unions were at the front of the civil rights movement. Unions also had a large part to do with the prosperity our country enjoyed for the two decades after WWII. They often point to the faults of unions, like instances of corruption or intimidation. Oddly enough, these same people are often quick to overlook the faults of capitalism (see Enron, Deep Water Horizon, Love Canal, etc). Truth is, no economic system will ever be perfect, because we're going to be a part of them. And let's face it, as a whole, the human race could screw up anything.
As for the title of this post, it's part of a quote from President Lincoln's Annual Address Before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 30, 1859. Lincoln was discussing the views on slave labor versus free labor. The full quote is:
They hold that labor is prior to, and independent of, capital; that, in fact,
capital is the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not
first existed; that labor can exist without capital, but that capital could
never have existed without labor. Hence they hold that labor is the superior –
greatly the superior – of capital.
If you want to know what side Abe came out on, just read the whole speech, especially the last line: Educated people must labor.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Unfortunately for sane Arizonians, that unconstitutional/racist Arizona immigration law crossed Brewer's desk, she ate it up and signed it and started getting national press because...well...because she fits into the national Republican party's narrative for this election cycle: Vote for Us...the brown people are coming.
In an interview on Fox News last week, for example, she claimed: "We cannot afford all this illegal immigration and everything that comes with it, everything from the crime and to the drugs and the kidnappings and the extortion and the beheadings ..."
There's no better way, it seems, to make the case for strict anti-immigration laws than to claim that undocumented immigrants are pouring into the country to decapitate innocent Americans. But just because she says it on television doesn't make it true.
As if being shameless enough to make up such an obvious fear tactic wasn't enough, Brewer completely ignored questions about her ridiculous comments at a recent debate with the Democratic Challenger, State Attorney General Terry Goddard. Wait..."ignored" isn't an accurate description. Let's go with "ran from." Just check out the video:
You have to love how Brewer thinks unions are worse for Arizona's economy than leading people to believe that Arizona is so unsafe that people are actually being beheaded in the desert. Classy.
"That was an error, if I said that," the Republican told The Associated Press on Friday. "I misspoke, but you know, let me be clear, I am concerned about the border region because it continues to be reported in Mexico that there's a lot of violence going on and we don't want that going into Arizona."
Uh..."if I said that?" Hey, dipshit...you said it. And there is no chance you "misspoke," just watch the video. You meant to say it. The choices to explain Jan Brewer aren't pretty. She is either insane or a lying, evil bitch willing to say anything under the belief that voters are stupid lemmings who will do whatever FOXNews tells them to do. As much as we'd like to believe it's the former, one can't help but notice that Brewer's "apology" came on a Friday afternoon, which is typically what those in the political world refer to as a news dump (under the belief that news released on Friday afternoon will be lost in the weekend and not really garner any attention).