Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Tribute to Jay Howard, Voice of the San Antonio Spurs

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I've been wanting to write this article for many years now, but for some reason, I simply haven't taken the time. But there's no reason why I can't take 30 minutes and get it done! By the way.. Absolutely no offense whatsoever is intended to Bill Schoening! Bill does such a fantastic job that I would rather mute the TV whenever there's no Bill Land & Sean Elliott Spurs' TV broadcast, and listen to Bill, than most of the scrubs we're "forced" to listen to on ESPN & TNT.

A lot of people in my circle of NBA basketball fans absolutely cannot stand the NBA announcing trio of Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, and Mike Breen, who call games for ESPN & ABC. There are also a lot of people who like them, and surely a ton who don't care. I have written about my opinion of these three before! But this post isn't directed at the blabbering of both Van Gundy and Jackson, as it is towards Mike Breen.

Of the three Mike Breen is the one guy who actually does a halfway decent job calling the play-by-play. While JVG and Jackson continue to argue over irrelevant ideas, and disregard the fact that the fans are listening to their banter, while trying to FOLLOW a game they're interested in, they haven't a clue that they aren't doing the job they've been hired for. As an aside -- Does ESPN get (or acknowledge) any customer feedback in this regard??

OK OK, I said this post wasn't about how much I can't stand Van Gundy & Jackson. This post is to give some long-overdue credit to a guy who used to call Spurs' games back in the day. And also to let Mike Breen know that, although he does a "decent" job as a play-by-play basketball announcer (and bonus points for enduring JVG & Jackson), he needs to know something he probably doesn't know.

Jay Howard was yelling "BANG" LONG BEFORE Breen was!

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Here is good ol' Jay calling our 1999 Championship!


Friday, February 26, 2016

The status of a Centrist

Exactly why I won't ever identify with the GOP, I know. Why I won't ever classify myself as a Democrat, I also know, but there are a lot of things I just flat-out don't understand.

Why would anyone object to a business raising their minimum wage? Why is that a bad thing - in and of itself? Economists will prove you wrong all day, and as a math major, I know for a fact, when accounting for inflation, the wages these days are not proportional to the way they used to be. Especially when you also add in the fact that most of these people, who are earning a minimum wage, are also paying an increasingly insane amount of money for a freaking education.

Why is it such a popular opinion that "Planned Parenthood = Abortions." Totally understood that abortion is MOSTLY wrong, but ----> They do so much more than that. And most of those who have had the opinion that abortion might be the right (and/or only) decision for them, would have NO other option, if not for these places to HELP to educate them to make the correct decision. When you make so many options illegal, the people will still do what they have to do to: (1) get a "black-market" abortion, (2) deposit their baby at a hospital, (3) try to "sell their baby."

It's exactly correlated with the GOP stance on drugs. Continuing to fight an unwinnable war on drugs (since about 1980) is wasting tons of money, resources, and lives. The policy will never win. Go check out all the stats from Colorado and Washington, among others. Prescription medication deaths are down 25%, these states are making tons more money from taxing legal (and medical) marijuana. Crime is down in these states.... on and on...

And why is it that GOP-ers are SO critical of government spending, when it's Republicans who want to spend way, way too much money (that the gov't doesn't have) on "national security," "war," and "defense," while berating anyone who tries to RAISE money to do ANYTHING? Do I think Bernie Sanders is the ANSWER? Maybe. I would definitely vote for him JUST to make sure Hillary has no chance! Both Bill Clinton and Dubya could've heeded warnings they received prior to 9/11. They did not. And the concept of trying to promote the idea that our country was safer under GWB than we are today is absolutely absurd.

If you'd combine my stance on most issues, I'm a Centrist. All those political tests have told me so. The guns issue is the MOST centered of all of them for me. Neither side has the perfect argument, but both sides have a good one. But there is no reason why better gun laws aren't a good thing. If you want to buy 23 guns, fine. But if your history is such that you shouldn't be buying ONE, then absolutely - you're denied. Not only that, but I have an opinion that's pretty popular. When the 2nd amendment was written (1791), those guys wrote it without any idea that semi-automatic, nor automatic weapons would exist. Nor did they ever have any idea that rapid-fire, single trigger fire weapons would be causing so much harm in non-war situations. Not to mention the larger calibers of today. 1791! Come on, this shit needs to be technologically adjusted. That's 225 years for goodness sake! If you can provide an argument as to why YOU NEED in your home an AR15 with a 30-round mag -- as opposed to a shotgun or pistol with 7-8 rounds, I'd like to hear it.

Someone will undoubtedly rescind Obamacare, which wasn't good, and someone will retract that stupid deal with Iran. Someone is kicking ass right now. We all need to go vote for Bernie in primaries, so that Hillary has no chance.

Perhaps I need to create my own party. The best of both worlds!

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Friday, February 5, 2016

2015-16 NBA Standings Thru Feb. 5

Another amazing season is shaping up - in case you haven't been paying attention!

Here are the NBA standings through Feb. 5, 2016:

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Just a RANT about Anti-Smoking Commercials

You know what really makes me SICK?

Several DECADES ago, our government put their foot down, and decided to no longer allow cigarette advertisements on TV. None whatsoever.

So now that it's 2016, why in the hell do I have to watch commercials showing a guy explaining how much it sucks to live his life when he has a hole in his throat? I won't watch, but I also mute the TV, because the last thing anyone wants to hear is a guy having to hold a machine against his larynx to be able to talk, and I don't want to hear it. And it's not only him. This company has launched several anti-smoking advertisements recently, with a few different "victims". Some of them have recently died, and they are sure to let us know that.


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Not only that, but now we also have to see tons of new anti-smoking commercials, such as these.

I'm a smoker, and I have been since I was about 21. Most of the past 23 years I enjoyed smoking a few cigarettes a day. Some of those days I smoke wayy tooo much. People enjoy smoking. Cigarettes.. Pipes.. Cigars.. Marijuana.... But I stray from the point.

I used to pay $3.25 for a pack of smokes back in the 90's. These days a pack is at least $6. Sometimes they're $7.50.

You're not allowed to advertise cigarette sales. Please stop advertising only the worst possible scenarios that result from smoking!


Mushrooms

We've all been there. Standing in front of the spices in the grocery store.

Why is there no dried mushroom spice/flavor? I mean they can come up with a ton of different stuff, most of which most of us have never heard of. But mushrooms are delicious in everything from spaghetti, pizza, most other pastas, and a ton of other stuff, but we always have to buy mushrooms (which go bad quickly) for this addition. McDonalds even puts freeze-dried onions on some of their "fresh" burgers. Yeah.



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Fixing The American Election Process

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Long-time No-see!

Well, with these stupid cauci going on, I had to bring this up one more time. I'll explain to you later why caucuses (cauci) are stupid, but for right now, I wanna show you how we fix one of the main flaws of our government -- the voting process.

(Aside: Many forms of proof that American elections are, in fact, rigged, have been produced for years. That computer programmers can do it with ease is believable. If you're interested, watch this, or at least acknowledge it for a few minutes.. I just happened to run across that video today.)


Anyway on to the point!


I. First Past The Post

Here is the Wikipedia entry for First-Past-the-Post (FPTP). I'm pretty sure I have posted CGP Grey's explanation of FPTP voting before. The United States and several other nations have exclusively "used" this system for many years. The reason for the parentheses in the prior sentence is that FPTP is more of a phenomenon than a method, much less a chosen or preferred method. (And it's even more far-fetched to claim that it is a GOOD method.) Anyway, ^^^watch it again. It's a great video, and it's only 6:30.

I'll go let the dog out while you do.


II. Gerrymandering

Moving on.. One of the main problems (cheats) with FPTP voting, as he pointed out, is Gerrymandering. "In the process of setting electoral districts, gerrymandering is a practice that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries to create partisan-advantaged districts." (Source)      Continuing: "The resulting district apportionment is known as a gerrymander; however, that word can also refer to the process. When used to allege that a given party is gaining disproportionate power, the term gerrymandering has negative connotations."

A recent Chicago electoral districts map:











(Image Source)     ^^^..A perfect example of bogus alignment.


Here is CGP Grey's awesome explanation of gerrymandering. Once again it is a fantastic video, and is also only 5:26.


III. Shortest Splitline

Now (drumroll), here is how you fix it! But first I must say that in order for this FIX to work, it is imperative that those who draw such lines of electoral districts, do so under absolutely no influence of any party-affiliation. Centrist mathematicians with a strong knowledge of geography (like myself) would be perfect for the job! Seriously though.. it's definitely not rocket surgery, nor brain science, so I'm pretty sure each and every electoral district in the United States, is able to find 1 (ONE) person to perform this task. There are 435 of these districts in the United States!!

This concept is called Shortest Splitline, and it's a concept most of us probably learned before fourth grade. Granted there are some high school freshman level mathematics in progress here, but again, we're talking about just 435 people. The U.S. population (as of 2014) is approximately 320 million people. I would think it would be pretty easy to find these 435 qualified individuals among a population of 320,000,000. Wouldn't you?

Finally, here you go. This is CGP Grey's 3-minute explanation of Shortest Splitline (3:37).


-- By the way, the "Iowa Caucus is an electoral event in which residents of the U.S. state of Iowa meet in precinct caucuses in all of Iowa's 1,681 precincts,* and elect delegates to the corresponding county conventions. There are 99 counties in Iowa, and thus there are 99 conventions. These county conventions then select delegates for both Iowa's Congressional District Convention and the State Convention, which eventually choose the delegates for the presidential nominating conventions. About 1% of the nation's delegates are chosen by the Iowa State Convention." (Source)


* Seriously? The population of Iowa is 3.107 million (again 2014)     ...I wonder how many dozens of these precincts' cauci contain about 11 people?


CGP Grey's Entire YouTube stream



Saturday, April 11, 2015

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Ha ha! Westbrook should be in the background sucking on his thumb.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Standings are CLOSE with 3 games to go!

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Spurs are 19-3 since February 25th. In our last three games we took down Curry and the Warriors, Westbrook and the Thunder, and Harden & the Rockets. None of the three "MVP" candidates went off, and more importantly, the Spurs are on a serious ROLL! Completion of a home and home with Houston tonight IN Houston. We win this game, and we have a great chance at the #2 seed!

BooYah!!!1


UPDATE: Here it is 1 day later!

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Memphis has games 3 games left: @ Clippers, @Golden State, and vs. Indiana.

Spurs only have 2 games left: vs. Phoenix, and @ New Orleans.

GSG!