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Penguins Abandon Successful Strategy, Lose Game 4

The Penguins decided to play like they in Games 1 and 2 today (which they lost) instead of playing like they did in Game 3 (which they won). The inferior strategy was insufficient to help them win, even with the home-ice advantage.

Sigh. Now the Pens will have to win three games in a row to win the series, while the Red Wings only need to win one. I’m not about to give up, but if the Pens had just done exactly as they did in Game 3 today, this series could be tied up. Plus, the fact that the Pens failed to register a single shot on goal during an 87 second 5-on-3 when they were down by one goal near the end of the game indicated that they didn’t have the will to win tonight.

Penguins, if you want to win Game 5, then dump and chase. If you want to lose Game 5, then don’t dump and chase. It’s as simple as that.

May 31, 2008 at 10:45 pm Comments (0)

More Pennsylvania Pictures

Another weekend, time for more Pennsylvania Pics. This week, Lancaster County!

Lets start with a hot Amish babe. This picture was taken on a rural road not far from the Green Dragon, which was presumably her destination.

She kept glancing back to see if we were going to pass, and got a bit annoyed when we didn’t. She’s got a sort of Kelly McGillis thing going on there.

Of course the GD is just a glorified flea market and I didn’t take many pictures there, though I did pig out on the ice cream. So on to a better location — Landis Valley Farms. Lots of picture opportunities there.

May 31, 2008 at 3:11 pm Comments (0)

Barry’s World

The recent controversy surrounding Senator Obama’s constant gaffes is misdirected. Most commentators make the faulty assumption that Barack Obama lives in the same world as the rest of us. Lets look at the contrast between Barry’s World and reality.

Barry’s World: Obama’s uncle liberated Auschwitz in WWII

Reality: Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz, Obama’s mother is an only child

Barry’s World: Obama can “see fallen heroes” in the audience at his speeches

Reality: Fallen veterans do not come back from the dead to attend Obama speeches

Barry’s World: Kansas tornadoes killed 10,000 people in 2007

Reality: 12

Barry’s World: “I’ve now been in 57 states. I think I’ve got one left to go.”

Reality: American flags have 50 stars for a reason, but maybe Obama isn’t very familiar with that flag

Barry’s World: Obama’s parents got together because of the Selma march.

Reality: Obama was born in 1961. The Selma march was in 1965.

Barry’s World: The US needs to send more Arabic translator to Afghanistan

Reality: Afghanis speak Pashto, Farsi, and other non-Arabic languages.

Barry’s World: “Iran doesn’t pose a serious threat to us “and “tiny countries with small defense budgets can’t do us harm”

Reality: Iran’s president has called America the Great Satan, and vowed to attack the US with nuclear weapons as soon as possible.

Barry’s World: Hillary won Kentucky because she’s from nearby Arkansas

Reality: Obama’s state Illlinois borders Kentucky…which is not nearby Arkansas.

Barry’s World: Barry’s grandfather enlisted the day after Pearl Harbor

Reality: Barry’s grandfather enlisted one day…and 6 months
after Pearl Harbor

Barry’s World: America needs an extra $1,400,000,000,000 spending in over 100 new government socialized programs and regulations, while companies and families making over $6,250/month need to be heavily taxed to pay for it.

Reality: Didn’t Mao and Stalin already try that?

May 31, 2008 at 10:11 am Comments (0)

Obama-McCain, McCain-Obama 08

John McCain needs to find a running mate that is young, energetic, fresh, and without a reputation of being a DC Beltway insider, and can balance his centrist moderate.

Barack Obama needs to find a running mate that is older, experienced, knowledgeable, and has a reputation of knowing how to get things done in DC, and can balance his extreme leftist stances.

Aren’t they really just looking for each other?

May 31, 2008 at 10:09 am Comments (0)

Mexican Refugees?

With the amount of rampant violence and murder from unchecked drug cartels and reported al Qaeda and Hezbollah involvement in Mexico, at some point, should Mexicans rushing across the US border be considered refugees?

Generally, a refugee is a person who has fled his/her country because of fear of persecution. U.S. law incorporated the refugee definition contained in the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, Adopted in Geneva in 1951, which defines a refugee as a person who:

“owing to a well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”

The Refugee Act of 1980 created The Federal Refugee Resettlement Program to provide for the effective resettlement of refugees and to assist them to achieve economic self-sufficiency as quickly as possible after arrival in the United States.

Cash assistance is made available to refugees in such a manner as not to discourage their economic self-sufficiency.

There is a limit of 70,000 refugees granted asylum in the US per year.

In 2007, 48,000 refugees escaped persecution and were granted asylum in the United States.

Top Refugees to the US in 2007 (Source: US Office of Refugee Resettlement):

Burma 9,776
Somalia 6,958
Iran 5,474
USSR 4,583
Burundi 4,525
Thailand 4,059
Cuba 2,923

Other countries sending refugees:

AFGHANISTAN,
ANGOLA,
AUSTRIA,
BENIN,
BURKINA, FASO (UVOLTA),
CAMBODIA,
CAMEROON,
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC,
CHAD,
CHINA,
COLOMBIA,
CONGO,
COSTA RICA,
DEM.REP.CONGO,
EGYPT,
EQUATORIAL GUINEA,
ERITREA,
ETHIOPIA,
GABON ,
GHANA,
GUINEA,
IRAQ,
IVORY COAST,
JORDAN,
KENYA,
NORTH KOREA,
KUWAIT,
LAOS,
LEBANON,
LIBERIA,
LIBYA,
MALAYSIA,
MAURITANIA,
NEPAL,
NIGERIA,
PAKISTAN-KARACHI,
PHILIPPINES,
RWANDA,
SAUDI ARABIA,
SIERRA LEONE,
SRI LANKA (CEYLON),
SUDAN,
SYRIA,
TANZANIA,
THAILAND,
THE GAMBIA,
TOGO,
TURKEY,
UGANDA,
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES,
VIETNAM,
YEMEN,
YUGOSLAVIA,
ZAMBIA,
ZIMBABWE

I could easily see this being abused and exploited by leftists, and by Mexicans themselves, but is it a legitimate concern?

May 31, 2008 at 10:08 am Comments (0)

Across The Delaware

Over in Jersey, the Dems have wracked themselves in another intercene primary, but this one seems to have gotten dirty fast. Examine this site:

You’ve had a good run, but we can’t afford the status quo.

You’ve voted against saving American jobs. As we lost jobs here in New Jersey, your company added jobs overseas. The facts.

New Jersey has lost ground since you went to Washington in 1982.
You’ve been in Washington since the early 1980s, but our situation has gotten worse. In fact, New Jersey now ranks dead last in the amount of money it gets back from the federal government. We need a Senator who will fight for our fair share. The facts.

You haven’t been straight with us on Iraq.
Both before and after the Bush administration sent U.S. troops into Iraq, you said you unequivocally favored the military invasion. You even said you were “on the President’s train” regarding the War. The facts.

It goes on.

A response? You betcha:

In his first primary debate last night, Senate candidate Rob Andrews ran away from Rep. Rob Andrews’ 18 year record of voting against the interests of New Jersey families.

Andrews said he opposes the war in Iraq – but failed to mention that he bragged about working with Bush and co-authoring the resolution getting us in. [Congressman Rob Andrews Press Release, September 29, 2002, Op-Ed Submitted to the Gloucester County Times]

Andrews said he supports a timetable for troop withdrawal from Iraq – but failed to mention that he voted three times again withdrawing the troops. [HR 1815, Woolsey amendment, Vote #220, 5/25/05; HR 2601, Ros-Lehtinen amendment, Vote #397, 7/20/01; HRes 612, Vote #648, 12/16/05]

Andrews said he supported a short-term energy policy to alleviate the suffering Americans are facing at the gas pump – but failed to mention that he once said: “I think the best short-term energy policy is to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq.” [Fox News Channel, April, 2002]

Andrews said he opposes a border fence with Mexico – but failed to mention that he voted with the Republicans to fund it. [HR 6061, Vote #446, 9/14/06; CQ Today, 9/13/06]

Andrews said he supports repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans – but failed to mention that he voted to provide a $185 billion tax break to multi-millionaires. [HR 8, Vote #84, 4/04/01; Dallas Morning News, 4/5/01]

Congressman Rob Andrews is running against incumbent Frank Lautenburg. The whole situation is wrought with irony – the type of irony that brings me joy. Andrews is using the age issue, the one which Lautenburg used against Millicent Fenwick, who was much younger than Lautenburg is now. The state Democratic party has admonished Andrews for his temerity, but most of the Congressmen are ambitious Democrats like Andrews. Further, this election is for Toricelli’s seat, the same Torricelli who accepted illegal donations and was hounded out of office by desperate Democrats in 2002. The likely GOP nominee, Dick Zimmer, ran against Torricelli in 1996, and can run as a vindicated opponent.

If the issue of corruption is distant in the mind of New Jersey voters, this story should serve to make it clear:

After a protracted legal battle, Mercer County Superior Court Judge Paul Innes today ordered Gov. Jon Corzine to release about 740 pages of email correspondences between him and union leader/ex-girlfriend Karla Katz.

Katz, of course, was the woman who benefited from a forgiven loan/payment/bribe of about $500,000. No explanation has been given for this obvious conflict of interest.

Am I the only one who finds the entire situation completely and obscenely ironic?

May 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm Comments (0)

Re: Scotty

“Well, why, all of a sudden, if he had all these grave concerns, did he not raise these sooner? This is one-and-a-half years after he left the administration. And now, all of a sudden, he’s raising these grave concerns that he claims he had. And I think you have to look at some of the facts. One, he is bringing this up in the heat of a presidential campaign. He has written a book and he certainly wants to go out there and promote that book. Certainly let’s look at the politics of it.”

-Scott McClellan, talking about Richard Clarke’s 2004 anti-Bush tell-all book four years ago

That just about says it all, doesn’t it?

May 30, 2008 at 10:14 pm Comments (0)

Scotty’s Smackdown

Bob Dole is a bit before my time, but that does not mean he can not deliver a world of pain:

In my nearly 36 years of public service I’ve known of a few like you. No doubt you will ‘clean up’ as the liberal anti-Bush press will promote your belated concerns with wild enthusiasm. When the money starts rolling in you should donate it to a worthy cause, something like, ‘Biting The Hand That Fed Me.’ Another thought is to weasel your way back into the White House if a Democrat is elected. That would provide a good set up for a second book deal in a few years”

Dole goes on to call McClellan a “miserable creature”:

There are miserable creatures like you in every administration who don’t have the guts to speak up or quit if there are disagreements with the boss or colleagues. No, your type soaks up the benefits of power, revels in the limelight for years, then quits, and spurred on by greed, cashes in with a scathing critique”

Bob Dole said it better than most…….hope the Viagra’s still working ;)

May 30, 2008 at 11:51 am Comments (0)

Obama: The Hits Keep Comin’

Another problem from Obama’s Church.

When did churches become so political at the pulpit? As a life long active Catholic, I’ve never seen that style of preaching.

In the video, Pfleger wipes his eyes with a handkerchief and suggests Clinton wept because she thought that as a white person and the wife of a former president, she was entitled to the presidency.

“And then, out of nowhere, came ‘Hey, I’m Barack Obama,’ ” Pfleger said during a sermon Sunday at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois. “And [Clinton] said, ‘Oh damn, where did you come from? I’m white! I’m entitled! There’s a black man stealing my show!’ ” Watch Pfleger mock Clinton »

The video shows the congregation laughing and cheering.

Senator Chope did distance himself from the comments, saying he was “deeply disappointed.

In not entirely unrelated news
, in 1996, then Citizen Barack Obama sought (and received) the endorsement of a Marxist third party for his State Senate run.

The New Party’s modus operandi included the political strategy of “electoral fusion,” where it would nominate, for various political offices, candidates from other parties (usually Democrats), thereby enabling each of those candidates to occupy more than one ballot line in the voting booth. By so doing, the New Party often was able to influence candidates’ platforms. (Fusion of this type is permitted in seven states — Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina, and Vermont — but is common only in New York.)

Though Illinois was not one of the states that permitted electoral fusion, in 1995 Barack Obama nonetheless sought the New Party’s endorsement for his 1996 state senate run. He was successful in obtaining that endorsement, and he used a number of New Party volunteers as campaign workers.

In the meantime, Hillary is slugging back whiskey as the last days of her campaign wind down, looking forward to the “i told ja sos” and 2012.

May 30, 2008 at 10:26 am Comments (0)

Stanley Cup Final Game 4 Preview

Game 4 could end up being the most important game in the Stanley Cup Final. In Game 4, we’re going to find out if the Penguins have truly figured out how to defeat the Red Wings ultimate defense or not.

In Games 1 and 2, the Pens suffered numerous turnovers as they attempted to enter the Red Wings’ zone. This was, of course, by the design of the Red Wings and their ultimate defense strategy – get into formation near the blue line, and steal the puck from the opposing team as they attempt to rush in for an attack, then in the confusion skate the puck back to the other side and take some quick shots on goal. Eventually, some of those shots are going to go in. That is exactly how the Red Wings shutout the Pens in two consecutive games.

In Game 3, however, the Pens thought of a way to potentially overcome the Red Wings’ defense. Since the Wings’ strategy revolves around turnovers near the blue line, the Pens would have to stop those turnovers. How? By dumping the puck into the attack zone and then chasing after it.

The old “dump and chase” method has been used by the Pens all season, much to the chagrin of many fans who just wanted the Pens to try skating the puck right into the opponent’s territory. In an interesting twist, the Pens’ experience with dump and chase is what helped them win Game 3, and it could be what helps them win Game 4, too.

While the Red Wings stand around waiting to steal the puck, one of the Pens has already shot the puck into the attack zone while another quickly pursues it, and usually gains possession of it. This results in Detroit having to break formation and go after the puck, and in Game 3, it made them look like a very confused team. So confused that a couple of times, the Pens were able to skate right into the attack zone unopposed!

Detroit has used this ultimate defensive technique to win every series up until now. But, up until now, they have not faced a team that is as good at dump and chase as the Penguins are. And Detroit cannot guard against the Pens’ dump and chase technique without drastically changing their defensive strategy, which will result in them being even more confused.

This singular flaw in Detroit’s otherwise impenetrable defense could very well lead the Pens to the Cup. Only time will tell!

May 29, 2008 at 10:37 pm Comments (0)

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