Sunday, July 27, 2008

Just Let Olympic Baseball Die

I read this article today and all I can say is WTF Over?!?!? The IBAF is changing it's rules concerning extra innings in an attempt to keep baseball and softball in the Olympics. Unfortuantely the new rules will also apply to all tournaments that fall under the IBAF sanctioning body.


Under the new format, the 10th inning will be played normally. At the start of the 11th, teams will have the option of beginning at any point in the existing batting order and placing the previous two batters on base.

For example, a team that opts to lead off with its No. 3 hitter would begin with its No. 1 batter on second base and its No. 2 hitter on first with no outs.

...

The 12th inning and beyond would begin where the previous lineup left off, with the two hitters ahead of the batter scheduled to lead off that inning being placed on first and second bases.



Full Article Here

What's next? Giving everyone a chance to bat, quit keeping score and give everyone a trophy regardless of whether they win or not? Oh wait...nevermind.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

More Eats

When my wife and I were still newly married, that would be less than 5 years in, we used to share a steak and shrimp that we would cook on the hibachi every Friday. We didn't have loads of cash (still don't) so it was one sirloin and about 10 shrimp. It was quite arguably some of the best times we have had, pre-children.

We would marinate said hunk of bovis mortis in beer (I used Bud) overnight and grill it the next day with a little salt and pepper. The shrimp went on skewers with some lemon-pepper and sometimes bbq sauce. 'Scuse me while I wipe up the drool accumulating on my keyboard...

Better.

Well, after a few years we began to experiment with our food. We both love shrimp and we both love pasta, so the following recipe was destined to show up at some point. It took the place of our Friday night steaks for awhile. I hope you all enjoy it.

Tole's Shrimp Parmesan

4-6 shrimp per serving - they need to be big enough to handle, I like to use the 10-12 per pound size

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (don't use the stuff in the green can, get fresh and grate it yourself. You'll be glad you did.)

1 strip prosciutto ham for every two shrimp.
Slice these length-wise to make 1" wide and about 4" long strips

eggs for egg wash

Pasta of your choice.

Marinara sauce. (We usually make ours, but your favorite jarred sauce will work. I recommend Classico Sweet Basil.)

Peel and de-vein the shrimp. Wrap each shrimp in a strip of prosciutto and dip in egg wash. Dredge them in the Parmesan cheese and fry until golden brown. Serve on top of pasta and marinara. If you like a little kick to your food, add Louisiana Hot Sauce to your egg wash.

Tole

Monday, July 14, 2008

Judge William Young

Below you will find the sentencing of Mr. Richard C. Reid. Mr. Reid for those who may have forgotten is the notorious "shoe bomber" from shortly after 9/11. I heard this read on the radio a few days ago and immediately had to have a copy of it for myself.

I am not an expert on The Honorable Judge Young's record. As a matter of fact this is the only ruling that I can say I have knowledge of. However, it gives me great pride as an American to know that this type of thinking exists in today's judiciary.

Here's hoping that those who now seek rememdy in our courts after leaving Club Gitmo will end up in this man's courtroom or the courtroom of one like him.

The attached transcipt was part of an article published on cnn.com and can still be found there I believe.


RICHARD REID: I start by praising Allah because life today is no good. I bear witness to this and he alone is right to be worshiped. And I bear witness that Muhammad Sa'laat Alayhi as-Salaam is his last prophet and messenger who is sent to all of mankind for guidance, with the sound guidance for everyone.
Concerning what the Court said? I admit, I admit my actions and I further, I further state that I done them.

JUDGE WILLIAM YOUNG: I didn't hear the last. I admit my actions and then what did you say?

REID: I further admit my allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah. With regards to what you said about killing innocent people, I will say one thing. Your government has killed 2 million children in Iraq. If you want to think about something, against 2 million, I don't see no comparison.
Your government has sponsored the rape and torture of Muslims in the prisons of Egypt and Turkey and Syria and Jordan with their money and with their weapons. I don't know, see what I done as being equal to rape and to torture, or to the deaths of the two million children in Iraq.
So, for this reason, I think I ought not apologize for my actions. I am at war with your country. I'm at war with them not for personal reasons but because they have murdered more than, so many children and they have oppressed my religion and they have oppressed people for no reason except that they say we believe in Allah.
This is the only reason that America sponsors Egypt. It's the only reason they sponsor Turkey. It's the only reason they back Israel.
As far as the sentence is concerned, it's in your hand. Only really it is not even in your hand. It's in Allah's hand. I put my trust in Allah totally and I know that he will give victory to his religion. And he will give victory to those who believe and he will destroy those who wish to oppress the people because they believe in Allah.
So you can judge and I leave you to judge. And I don't mind. This is all I have to say. And I bear witness to Muhammad this is Allah's message.

YOUNG: Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you.
On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the United States Attorney General. On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutive one with the other. That's 80 years.
On Count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years consecutive to the 80 years just imposed. The Court imposes upon you on each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 for the aggregate fine of $2 million.
The Court accepts the government's recommendation with respect to restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines.
The Court imposes upon you the $800 special assessment.
The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it. But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need not go any further.
This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes. It is a fair and a just sentence. It is a righteous sentence. Let me explain this to you.
We are not afraid of any of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid. We are Americans. We have been through the fire before. There is all too much war talk here. And I say that to everyone with the utmost respect.
Here in this court where we deal with individuals as individuals, and care for individuals as individuals, as human beings we reach out for justice.
You are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a soldier gives you far too much stature. Whether it is the officers of government who do it or your attorney who does it, or that happens to be your view, you are a terrorist.
And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not treat with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists.
We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.
So war talk is way out of line in this court. You're a big fellow. But you're not that big. You're no warrior. I know warriors. You are a terrorist. A species of criminal guilty of multiple attempted murders.
In a very real sense Trooper Santiago had it right when first you were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press and where the TV crews were and you said you're no big deal. You're no big deal.
What your counsel, what your able counsel and what the equally able United States attorneys have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know how tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific. What was it that led you here to this courtroom today? I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hate led you to do what you are guilty and admit you are guilty of doing.
And I have an answer for you. It may not satisfy you. But as I search this entire record it comes as close to understanding as I know.
It seems to me you hate the one thing that to us is most precious. You hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose.
Here, in this society, the very winds carry freedom. They carry it everywhere from sea to shining sea. It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom. So that everyone can see, truly see that justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely.
It is for freedom's sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf and have filed appeals, will go on in their, their representation of you before other judges. We care about it. Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties.
Make no mistake though. It is yet true that we will bear any burden; pay any price, to preserve our freedoms.
Look around this courtroom. Mark it well. The world is not going to long remember what you or I say here. Day after tomorrow it will be forgotten. But this, however, will long endure. Here, in this courtroom, and courtrooms all across America, the American people will gather to see that justice, individual justice, justice, not war, individual justice is in fact being done.
The very President of the United States through his officers will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which specific matters can be judged, and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold and shape and refine our sense of justice.
See that flag, Mr. Reid? That's the flag of the United States of America. That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten. That flag still stands for freedom. You know it always will. Mr. Custody Officer, stand him down.
REID: That flag will be brought down on the Day of Judgment and you will see in front of your Lord and my Lord and then we will know. (Whereupon the defendant was removed from the courtroom.)


God Bless the U.S.A.

Tole

Monday, July 7, 2008

Out of the Mouths of Babes

My 8 year old daughter, and only daughter for as far as that goes, is a Food Network junkie. When she's not watching ***shudder*** Spongebob, she watches Food Network. She knows all the stars by sight and is beginning to grasp some of the basics of food combinations and varying cuisines. It's kind of cool to watch.

My wife and I are foodies as well, so we encourage her every chance we get. She gets to help shop and cook. By the by, it's true that kids are much more likely to eat something if they have a hand in preparing it. I've seen it happen.

I tell you that bit so I can tell you this bit.

The family and I were making our monthly trek around Sam's Club a while back doing our damnedest to spend about a month's pay (and doing a fine job)when my wife, who was recovering from surgery announces that she needs to sit down for a minute. We all make camp in the lawn furniture and I take the full cart to the front of the store to exchange it for an empty.

When I get back I am informed that my daughter has had an inspiration. It came in the form of "Mommy. You know what sounds good?" That comment was followed by this recipe, which the little darling came up with entirely on her own. We've had it three times now and it still blows my mind that she came up with it.

Enjoy.

Munchkin's Honey Lime Chicken

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
4 Limes
Zest from the limes (we used the zest from all 4 limes, but you could use less depending on your taste)
2 cloves of garlic
1 Tbls Honey
a dash of hot sauce (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine the lime juice, zest, garlic, honey, salt and pepper and hot sauce and marinate chicken for 30 minutes to an hour. Then grill until the chicken is done.

Tole