Thursday, January 24, 2013

Up Town

Justin Upton
That's what I'll be call the Outfield a Turner Field for the next 3 years. Braves made an excellent trade today acquiring outfielder Justin Upton and 3rd basemen Chris Johnson from the Arizona Diamondbacks. In return, the Diamondbacks will receive Martin Prado,  RP Randall Delgado, SS Nick Ahmed, 1B Brandon Drury and RP Zeke Spruill.  Martin Prado who will be missed because of his versatility as an outfielder and infield capabilities. He also brings a consistent bat to any order when on the offense batting Avg. .295 HR 52 RIB 286 OBP .345 over his career in Atlanta.

I really like this deal for the Braves, they will have Justin Upton, BJ Upton and Jason Heyward patrolling the outfield for the next three years. From what I had read the Braves had been unable to extend Martin during the offseason. After this season he would see what he can get on the free agent market in the winter.

This is the Braves with a projected batting order of :
SS Aderton Simmons
CF BJ Upton
RF Jason Heyward
LF Justin Upton
3B Chris Johnson
1B Freddy Freeman
C Brian McCann
2B Dan Uggla

That is a pretty formable line up and should be able keep up with Dodger and Nats. It is going to be a good year to be a Braves fan this year.

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Sequel

As we all know that sequels are never meet our expectations. I say this as I watch the second Presidential Inauguration. What I want to see from our government over the next four years is an end to partisan bickering. I want our elected officials to remember that they are just that, elected at the will of the people. I want to see them check their parties at the door of the White House or Capitol and get to work. I want them to solve the problems that our Nation faces to make America stronger. I know these are lofty goal, but shouldn't we have those? Why should we have to settle for mediocrity from our elected representation? Why should we allow these elected officials to procrastinate or worse watch them lay on the floor, cry and scream because they do not get their own way.
I am sick and fucking tired of these elected officials not getting shit done. Why have we become so polarized? Why can't either party find the middle and solve the Nations problems. There are issues and problems that have been put off to long and we should demand that action is taken.
In the end I want to remind all of America that no matter what your ethnicity, religion, political polarity, gender or sexual orientation is that we are Americans first and equal in the end.
Enough Said!

Friday, January 11, 2013

This is Absurd!

How dare they cut the Defense Spending! Of course this is what we need to ensure safety of every red blooded America. 
This would infuse the economy with good ole American Manufactoring jobs. 
I'm sure that China, N. Korea, Russia and Iran are already working on thiers we can NOT be left behind.
It also will provide every US citizens with an acceptable escape from the Earth should it lets say collide with some random comet. 
Everyone of us should demand your congress person to act and ensure this is iinclude in the Defense Spending bill and is spared from the Sequester cuts

OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TOSecure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For
By Paul Shawcross
The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:
  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?
However, look carefully (here's how) and you'll notice something already floating in the sky -- that's no Moon, it's a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that's helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts -- American, Russian, and Canadian -- living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We've also got two robot science labs -- one wielding a laser -- roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.
Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo -- and soon, crew -- to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.
Even though the United States doesn't have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we've got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we're building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.
We don't have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke's arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.
We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White Housescience fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country's future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.
If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star's power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and BudgetTell us what you think about this response and We the People 

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

2013 MLB Hall Of Fame

Today at 2PM the Baseball Hall of Fame Commitee will announce the results of this years voting. This is the first time the "assumed" Performance Enhancing Drug era players will get their first chance to be on the ballot . I'm really torn about this part me say they fuck cheated and shouldn't be allowed in. But none of the players that I would vote for have actually been caught with a needle in their arm shooting up or whatever they do with. But I think I have to put that aside since other the accusations and allegations there is little proof for this group.

I will admit I personally do not like Barry Bonds. But as a player he was good no matter what you think he may have done or been on. Lets be serious these players had the talent to get this far before they started taking any magic potion. Are their players like Manny Ramirez that are trying to get back youth and they think PED's might be the way? Sure. 

To be enshrined, players must be named on at least 75% of the voting members of the Baseball Writers of America AssociationEach voting cycle, qualified members of the BBWAA name no more than 10 eligible players whom they consider worthy of Hall of Fame honors. If I had a ballot which I do not these are the 10 players I would vote for. (They are in no specific order)

  1. Craig Biggio
  2. Larry Walker
  3. Alan Trammell
  4. Barry Bonds
  5. Jeff Bagwell
  6. Rafael Palmero
  7. Roger Clemens
  8. Tim Raines
  9. Kenny Lofton
  10. Dale Murphy
**Update: No players were selected this year the first time since 1996 and Dale Murphy lost his final year on the ballot. I think his only chance is the Veterans Committee but don't quote me on that. 

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Chosen One

Well maybe not. But almost, see I had jury duty today. Yes the most dreaded of all civic duties but is a lot harder to get out of than not voting. Like so many people just do not do for whatever reason(lazy bums). I was hoping that I would not have to report, yeah no such luck.

I found my way over to the Dekalb County Courthouse in Decatur checked in and found myself a quiet spot. The court clerk and one of the judges came in and laid out how the day would progress and what we should expect. About every 45 minutes the clerks would come in and read off a group names and then send the rest of us on a 15 minute break. Finally things were looking good there was only one more case left that they were waiting on and told he'd be back in 10 minutes to either send us to lunch or home.

He come back and reads off about 50 names, which mine was not one of and I was hoping I'd be heading home. NO such luck, I guess it was their way of playing with us or inserting some kind of sick humor into our day, they told the rest of us to hold tight. Another 20 minutes passes and he comes back and tells us all to go lunch and be back from lunch at 12:55.

Once we were back from lunch they told us that the judge was ready for us and they would be sending up to the Superior Court, Wooo.  We all get upstairs and they give us all numbers and tell us to wait and we would be going in soon. They had all us waiting there in the hall for about a half hour now it's about 1:40. Then all of a sudden 4 Deputy Sheriffs going racing past us, into the courtroom where of course we were soon to be going into. Then a couple of more coming hurrying past us, then they call the court clerk into the court room and we wait some more. All of are like what the crap is going on in there and do we really want to be in that court room. I'd like to say to make a long story short but that was it the clerk came back into the hall thanked all of for our patients and we could go home. Wooo Hooo!

I have to surmise they either settled the case or because of all of the commotion we were now tainted. It would not be fair to whatever maniac they had into that courtroom to have us as jurors since we were all pasting together our own scenarios from all of the  Law and Orders that we had seen over the years. In a way I was kind of intrigued to get my chance to sit on the jury since I had made it that far. I was already think about my best Henry Fonda impression from 12 Angry Men and standing up for justice.

I can say bring a book, kindle, iPod/iPhone and be patient. They did have wifi in the waiting area so you can entertain yourself. Though if you have to talk on the phone bring an ear piece, there was one asshole caring on a conversation on speaker phone, luckily the clerks nipped that in the butt quickly. Also if a stranger is reading don't try to strike up a conversation with them this not airplane there were plenty of other people sitting there doing nothing.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

The Ice Melted

Well the NHL solved their self-induced labor issues after 130+ days. Am I not impressed and will not be rushing back to watch even one game. I'm sure they are readying their press conferences so they can tell us how "sorry" they are or "thank you" for sticking with us? Go Fuck Yourself! No I do not want to hear their lame excuses. We all know why you haven't played a damn game this season. Every time that they have expired in the past there has been a lock out and a lost season. I'm sure this will probably happen again once this CBA expires. They lost a die-hard fan and I don't know if I'll ever be back.

Just remember 36 more days until Pitchers and Catchers report for spring training. 

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Four Albums

Wow what a fucking shit year! I really was not impressed, it did have a few redeeming moments but over all it wasn't worth the time it took. What was good in the past year well I had a nice vacation with the Ryan and the family. We went on the 5 day cruise out of Boston to Canada. I promise I will post some photos I've been slow I know. After that I can't think of to many other high points. 

So I haven't post any musical recommendations lately. I thought that this would be a fine opportunity to share Four albums that I liked and that were released in 2012. I do want to make this point these albums where I liked every song that I heard off of them. Like many of you I hen peck what songs I download, I like track 1, 6, 7, 9, and 12 or maybe it's just one track. This does beat those days where you had to buy the CD, for those three songs. They all are available on eMusic, Amazon and iTunes or directly from the artist. 

Dandy Warhols -This Machine
Dandy Warhols - This Machine 
It is a fun and interesting album with some catchy lyrics. It's a bit of a dark and deep music it is obvious in the Well They're Gone. In some ways it brings me back to high school and the 80's. It just kind of reminds me one of the bands from early MTV era. It is strongly represented in the 3rd track Autumn Carnival and 6th Rest Your Head. My favorite track from the whole album is the 8th I am Free I'm pretty sure it has gotten little to no air time. I considerate to be alternative but I have learned that music genres are often eschewed. 

Aimee Mann - Charmer
Aimee Mann - Charmer 
I was first introduced to Aimee Mann by an old room mate in San Diego that was totally infatuated by her music. I never complained it had a nice folksy beat and she continues that style in this album. It's not too mello that you'll find yourself falling asleep it has nice toetapping beat. The 5th track Soon Enough will have you tapping your toe or even singing along. My favorite track from the album is Red Flag Diver. Other tracks I really liked are Gamma Ray with it's cool guitar work and title track Charmer
I just hope it does not make the playlist at work

Gary Clark Jr. - Blak and Blu
Gary Clark Jr. - Blak and Blu
This album is probably the hardest to contain it in one musical genre it's Jazz, Rock, Blues and R&B and none of which truly defines it. If I had to pick one album from 2012 this might be the biggest surprise. This is one of those albums you want playing at the bar as you hanging out with friends. I think the track Bright Lights defines the time you'll have. I think I can hear it playing at (insert favorite bar here). The next tracks I would listen to are Travis County and When My Train Pulls In . The track that I like the most is the next track 7 The Life, it's more on the R&B but it's catchy. There isn't a track I don't like or would skip over. 

Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
Ensemble Caprice - Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
Okay before you freak out and run screaming because now you are being exposed to classical music. There are some days I just want to relax maybe contemplating how I can effectively better mankind, then I drift off to sleep. But there are those times that I want to read or think so I want something that does help me relax and block out the distractions. I know there is nothing new or edgy about this series but it's Bach so how can you go wrong. The Ensemble Caprice conducted by Matthias Maute is a nice group. In case you are wondering yes I did shorten the title which is Bach: Brandenburg Concertos - Shostakovich: Preludes Op. 87. Give it a try you might like it.

I hope you enjoy these picks I try to seek out new music that "IS NOT ON THE TOP 40".Seriously Adele is talented but I really get bored hearing the same shit over and over again (Clear Channel looking your way). 
I want to give you my podcast choices in the near future. But until then have a good weekend. If you have a selection or album that you think I may enjoy just post it in the comments, I'll see it :-)
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