Wednesday, September 26, 2007
September for me is usually like the "real beginning of a new year". Things start in September. I am usually amped in Sept. Not this one. My mind is a bit soft and gushy (ha!). I got a new lil man in the house, except he in not in the house, he is in the hospital. He is suppose to be coming home in 2 days!
I am not going to go postal, but I get it. I found myself this morning, after parking at the hospital giving a meter maid the dirtiest look. He had to have felt the, "eff you", I was sending him. I was 2 minutes late the day before and they ticketed me. Plus $2 get you like 20 minutes on a meter!!!!
I thought about the people who have a loved one in the hospital who have to drive and park and are maybe on a tight budget
(who isn't?). That made me shoot the look. Am I getting old for bitching about this, or just old for visiting a hospital.
Plus, Nate grew another head as you can see above. Now he thinks he is twice as smart as me.
Bonds ball to be branded with an asterisk
Sep 26, 2007 08:26 AM
NEW YORK – The ball Barry Bonds hit for his record-breaking 756th home run will be branded with an asterisk and sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame, its owner said Wednesday.
Fashion designer Marc Ecko, who bought the ball in an online auction, set up a Web site for fans to vote on the ball's fate, and the decision to brand it won out over the other options, sending it to the museum unblemished or launching it into space.
"We're going to be working with the folks at the Hall of Fame," Ecko said on NBC's "Today" show.
Ecko, whom Bonds called "an idiot" last week, had the winning bid Sept. 15 in the online auction for the ball that Bonds hit Aug. 7 to break Hank Aaron's record of 755 home runs. The final selling price was $752,467 (U.S.), well above most predictions that assumed Bonds' status as a lightning rod for the steroids debate in baseball would depress the value.
The asterisk suggests that Bonds' record is tainted by alleged steroid use. The slugger has denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs. Fans brought signs with asterisks on them to ballparks as he neared Aaron's hallowed mark.
Hall of Fame president Dale Petroskey, also interviewed on the show, said accepting the ball did not mean the Hall endorses the viewpoint that Barry Bonds used drugs.
"We're happy to get it," he said. "We're a nonprofit history museum, so this ball wouldn't be coming to Cooperstown without Marc Ecko buying it from the fan who caught it."
The Giants announced Friday they will part with Bonds after this season, the seven-time NL MVP's 15th in San Francisco and 22nd in the majors.
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A favourite tune of mine from M.I.A's new records "Kala", is Mango Pickle Down River with the Wilcannia Mob.
Wilcannia Mob are an Aussie Aborginal schoolboy group.
This from The Sydney Morning Herald.....
Ok, so we won something, now take us to Maccas
By Debra Jopson
October 14, 2003
Hmm, not a good bridge to jump off . . . Aboriginal schoolboy rap group the Wilcannia Mob arrive in Sydney to collect a Deadly award for their song about riverside life. Photo: Dean Sewell
Colroy Johnson, aged 11, may have been more nervous than most of the stars of stage and sport who flocked to the Sydney Opera House last night.
They were gathering for the Deadlys, the nation's most prestigious Aboriginal awards, but Colroy had other things on his mind.
"It's gonna blow up," he said after spotting the sails. "I don't like going on boats."
Colroy, who had clambered off a bus at 2am yesterday after a 12-hour bus ride from his outback hometown, may have a bit to learn about the harbour.
But he has already taught young hip-hop fans around the nation about riverside life as one of the five Aboriginal schoolboys in the Wilcannia Mob, whose song Down River became a sensation when Triple J began playing it a year ago.
Last night their raw Aussie rap song about swimming, fishing for bream and jumping off the bridge won them a Deadly for best single release of the year.
"If we won something, we won something," said Keith Dutton, 14, with casual aplomb before the announcement.
But Kerry King, mother of Lendal, at 10 the youngest of the five rising stars, said that for Wilcannia (population 750 and falling) a win would mean "another big burst of pride and honour and self-esteem".
"The song gives a positive image back to Wilcannia," Ms King said. "The simple things they sing about indicate our lifestyle; how we can live in a remote area in a harmonistic way.
"There are not a lot of material things out there, but it's about using what's there in the river and being part of our life."
Four of the little blokes in their rappers' caps, who wowed Homebake last December, were in Sydney for only the second time yesterday, arguing over which brand of cars were best, speculating on jumping in the fountain near the Opera House and asking to be taken to McDonald's and Wonderland.
But at SBS Radio, they clammed up for Aboriginal presenter Lola Forrester, except for a few clicks and "brrrrrs" into the mikes.
Buddy Blair, 13, the chatty one, slumped as if asleep, declaring: "I don't want to be a rock star."
But Ms Forrester coaxed their new song out of them.
"Barkandji Boys are back, with another track, still doing backflips and jumping off the bridge. Burandoo is Barkandji for fish," they sang.
To be released later this month on the album All You Mob 2, put together by their mentor, Sydney hip-hop artist Morganics, the proceeds from this song, like their first, will go into a trust fund they can use from age 18.
SORT OF REMIND ME OF A CLASSIC FROM A FEW YEARS AGO
Monday, September 03, 2007
the is selfish - but I got one word "sold".
Liberals promise February long-weekend
Sep 03, 2007 05:48 PM
The provincial Liberals are promising to give Ontarians a long weekend in February if they are re-elected.
"In our party's platform, which will presented in a few days, we will include a provision to create a new statutory holiday in the month of February," campaign chair Greg Sorbara announced today.
The holiday would fall on the third Monday in February, which is already known as Heritage day in most of Canada. So far the Liberals are calling their proposed day off "family day."
"Ontario winters are very, very long and Ontarians deserve a statutory holiday in February," Sorbara told reporters at Queen's Park.
The vote-getting pledge is reminiscent of the 1985 Liberal promise to put beer and wine in the corner store, which the David Peterson government reneged on when it got into power.
Sorbara, who is the provincial finance minister, said Ontario governments have been talking about having a long weekend during the long winter months for years, joining other provinces such as Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan.
"It's probably something that should have been done some time ago," he said.
While even Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory wouldn’t disagree with the fact Ontarians could really use a break in February, he suggested the timing of the announcement is just a tad opportunist.
“The gap between New Year’s Day and Easter is a long gap and I’m all for family having a day to be together,” Tory said just before boarding his campaign bus.
“I just have to ask why, at the very, very end of a four-year term, 38 days before an election, did he suddenly have this brain wave?”
Given the loss of some 175,000 manufacturing and resource sector jobs across the province, New Democrat Peter Kormos suggested a more appropriate Labour Day announcement might have been to offer workers some kind of assurance that the government is working to preserve good jobs in Ontario.
Noting the Liberals already killed a private members bill that would have established another stat holiday, Kormos said this announcement could end up being nothing more than another broken promise.
“There have been private members bills before that the Liberals supported, but the McGuinty government declined to put it into effect,” he said.
“We couldn’t believe his promises four years ago. We have no more reason to believe his promises today.”
But Sorbara dismissed the criticism, suggesting the Ontario economy is only now strong enough to bear an extra stat holiday. Ontario is no longer struggling to deal with the economic deficit left by the previous Conservative government and the last three-day holiday of the summer just seemed like a good time to announce it, he said.
While Sorbara admits corporate Canada is likely to scoff at the idea, he maintains the province can more than handle it economically.
“We know that initially there will be some impact on productivity. That’s always the case with a holiday,” he said.
“But our own analysis suggests we’ll make that up and more because a workforce that gets time off is a workforce that works even harder when they’re on the job.”
Adding a Family Day to the calendar would give Ontario workers a total of nine long weekends per year, putting the province on par with Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Territories