What a bummer week already. The Dow went into freefall today, again. We're finding nasty new surprises in the stimulus bill. GM's begging for 30 billion dollars, and part of its pitch is, "We're gonna cut 47,000 jobs!" I thought the fucking idea was *not* to see all those jobs get cut! I thought a lot of things. I want to believe in Obama, but this is scaring me and I don't like it. If anyone's got a word of encouragement or can tell me why I'm seeing things wrong, well, I'm listening.
I was looking so forward to the Daytona 500, but what a disappointing finish! As ConnieJane observed in my comments, "Calling the race because of rain is NOT a WIN." Now, I don't begrudge Matt Kenseth, but I don't see what he was crying about. Well, I'd probably get overcome and cry if I won the lottery, so maybe that's it. Though it's been a while since I did an interior decorating job, I remember the technical language most of the contractors used on my jobs, and I used extremely technical contractor language throughout the race.
Tony Stewart's debut as a driver/owner was pretty strong, with an eighth-place finish, so I was glad to see that. He and his Stewart-Haas team run Chevys, so for their sake, I hope GM can work something out that doesn't involve slashing all those jobs. I hope Ryan Newman, his teammate/employee, gets some good equipment under him next week. Tony had to drive a backup car, but Ryan drove a backup to a backup! One nice thing about the two of them as teammates is that they have similar body types, so they don't have to change out the seats when they share cars. And, of course, Joey Logano has not yet done justice to Tony's old #20 ride.
Then there are my Pittsburgh Penguins. Apologies to Dr. Deb, who has already noted that they are having a "banner bad year," but do you know how bad the New York Islanders suck right now?
They suck like American Idol does this year.
They suck like the Dyson factory on product testing day.
They suck like those great pro-family advocates Peter LaBarbera and Matt Barber doin' opposition research at the nastiest gay bar in town on Friday night, that is how much they suck!
And...they...beat...the...Penguins...yesterday! It came down to a shootout in overtime, and the Pens sent Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, the first and third best scorers in the whole NHL respectively, out to take care of business, but they managed to screw that up! Seriously, there was only one reason for them not to be completely humiliated, and it was this: they were playing with a shiny new coach. Pens fans have been criticizing Michel Therrien all year--basically, it's like he was a very average teacher trying to control a class of gifted kids. (And they are kids, too--mostly in their very early twenties.) So Therrien was yanked out Sunday. Yes, this Sunday. Yes, the day before the game, and quite late in the day, too. Dan Bylsma coached the minor league's answer to the Pens, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, until this weekend, and he was literally preparing for one of their games when he was called up.
Oh, well. As an Office fan, I have to love that the Pens are getting help from Scranton. It seems to have helped the Washington Capitals to give Bruce Boudreau, formerly the coach of the Hershey Bears, a sudden call to come to DC on Thanksgiving 2007.
I just don't want it to get to the point where the bad news going on serves to distract me from sports!
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Since they have Neanderthal DNA in their possession, scientists might be able to clone a Neanderthal one day. But should they? And if so, what rights should the Neanderthals have?
I've been admiring Greta Christina's stuff at AlterNet for a while, but her rebuttal of the most annoying arguments against atheists--the ones that pretty much say "Shut up, that's why"--finally made me put her on my Blogroll and comment today.
I am a Pagan, but I have good reasons for allying with atheists. One is that they are so damned cute and cuddly! I am the wife of one and the sister of another. Another is that the same people tend to hate both groups. For example, this shameful excuse for a public school teacher in Vermont.
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