Saturday, September 24, 2011

On Troy Davis

Nobody else has said this so I'm going to and if it offends you, tough shit.

The State of Georgia got to kill 'em a nigger for killing a white cop. Doesn't matter if he did it or not. One's as good as another and if it took a trial full of lies to do it, so be it. Case closed.

Quote of the Day



I would also like to note how strange it is that the people who moan that even the tiniest increase in taxes on corporations or millionaires will destroy our fragile recovery are always the same ones who insist that anything less than multi-trillion-dollar spending cuts will be the death of us all. And by “strange,” I mean “hypocritical and morally repellent.”

It's time ...

To throw a net over the leadership of the NRA. President Obama said he would not pursue efforts at gun control. The NRA should be dancing in the streets but, alas, no:

You just can't please some people.

In the eyes of National Rifle Association (NRA) executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, President Barack Obama's decision not to pursue gun control legislation is a "massive conspiracy," and just another reason not to give him a second term.

"[The Obama campaign] will say gun owners -- they'll say they left them alone," LaPierre told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday. "In public, he'll remind us that he's put off calls from his party to renew the Clinton [assault weapons] ban, he hasn't pushed for new gun control laws... The president will offer the Second Amendment lip service and hit the campaign trail saying he's actually been good for the Second Amendment."


I believe we have a couple beds free in Bellevue. Christ ... these are the people who shouldn't be allowed to own firearms.

Progress ...

Pic stolen from here.

Afghanistan has an air force.

Good question ...

Tom B:


Why does every candidate the GOP presents (seriously) for our consideration... the ones they all jump up and down and cheer for, anyway... have to be thoroughly evil, terminally stupid or a combination of both?

Because those are Republican values.

Sauce for the gander...

...apparently ain't kosher.

Thanks to YubaNet.

Saturday Emmylou Blogging

Emmylou Harris ~ Thanks To You
Thanks to billwitt2010.

Friday, September 23, 2011

So ...

If a neutrino can travel faster than light:

Scientists in Switzerland say an experiment appears to show that tiny particles traveled faster than the speed of light -- a result that would seem to defy the laws of nature.


It means time travel is indeed possible.

In light of this momentous discovery, can we round up the Republicans/Conservatives/Teabaggers and send them back to the 12th Century where they belong?

Heh ...

Drifty liveblogged (in his usual style) the Republican Goat Rodeo Clown Car debate so those of us who would have had a violent gastrointestinal episode* didn't have to:


Bachmann: comes out for ZERO taxes.

Santorum: Public sector employees are just fucking lucky I don't stab them in the eye with a sharp stick.


Mitt: Beaner kids want my money!


Santorum: People in the military do not have sex. Especially faggy sex.

Santorum: I would also re-segregate the Army because doing social stuff in the military [is] always terrible

Santorum: Penises terrify me, especially sweaty, military penises.


Huntsman: I would choose Emperor Crazybread as veep. Two words: Free Pizza. It's like I'm Hutch, and he's my Huggy Bear.


*Notice my Frothy Mixture reference? Heh ...

Does everything nowadays ...

Have to turn into a "crisis"?


"The bill the House will vote on tonight is not an honest effort at compromise," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in a statement anticipating its passage. "It fails to provide the relief that our fellow Americans need as they struggle to rebuild their lives in the wake of floods, wildfires and hurricanes, and it will be rejected by the Senate."

A livid Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) told reporters Thursday night "We're fed up with this...we're sick of it, we're tired of it."


So now, once again, the Republicans will take the American people hostage to achieve some niggling budget cuts. I can't believe they have yet to be reduced to "national joke" status. At this point, the conservative/tea bag/GOP reminds me more of KAOS than a bunch of American adults looking for ways to run this country with anything resembling competence.

Supportin' the troops ...

I think Mr. Aravosis says it succinctly:

If a Democratic debate audience had done this, it would be the only thing we heard about for the next 14 months. They just booed a US soldier serving in combat. Think about that. This is what the Republican party has become. A bunch of far-right bigots and extremists. The Tea Party and the evangelical nuts run the entire thing now.


Yeah, great buncha "patriots" you got there.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Quote of the Day

The Rude One:


This is who we are right now, America: the country that doesn't care about guilt or innocence. We fight wars based on lies, we imprison people without charges, we torture and murder the innocent. How's it feel to be that country?

Headin' Out

We're heading out to the coast today. I'll leave you with:

How to make a creationist weep



We've been fighting the "War on Drugs" for 40 years and spent trillions of dollars in the process. Good thing, eh?

Click to view our great success!

I found this the other day when the blog was down and now I forget (duh) from whom I stole it. If it's yours, let me know for your proper accreditation.

Gotta get ready for court ...


Before I leave for court: Matt's comment got me thinking about the veracity of this chart and, since I can't remember where I got it, I'll suggest you assume it's for "illustration purposes only" and not as actual fact. Anecdotally, I've never had a problem finding marijuana anywhere.

The only American "job creators" ...

I see here (aside from the DoD) are 2 slave labor outfits. How much more do we have to give the "job creators" to create American jobs at a living wage?

I don't care ...

I've had it with hearing about these two idiots (and the other idiot they released earlier) who went hiking along the Iran-Iraq border and got themselves picked up by Iranian border guards. In my book, if you're gonna hike in a place between a war zone and a land that thinks of you as The Great Satan, you're either a spy or really, really stupid.

If you're a spy, well, those are the risks of the job and you know it quite well going in. Oh well, spies die.

Probably the second scenario is more believable (there was no prisoner swap; proven spies are usually bargained back for someone of theirs we have in custody) is that they are really stupid fucking kids. If you're that stupid, well ... maybe we don't really want you back. There's enough stupid here already. Unfortunately, it seems, two of them are engaged to be married (unfortunately not both guys) and they will breed more little idiots.

At any rate, I hope we've heard the last of these morons.

I get ...

Where Geov Parrish was going with it, and I'm sure he meant no malice, but as a veteran, this statement is insulting.

I don't need to say much more ...

Justice Ginsburg:


I have yet to see a death case among the dozens coming to the Supreme Court on eve-of-execution stay applications in which the defendant was well represented at trial. People who are well represented at trial do not get the death penalty.


In America, the amount of justice you get is the amount of justice you can afford.

Even a blind squirrel ...

Finds a nut once in a while. Benen:


Chuck Todd raised an especially good point: “Can you imagine if, in September of ‘03, John Kerry or Howard Dean, coming to New York City, upset over the Iraq war, and standing with” a foreign official to condemn the sitting president.


They woulda been in Gitmo forthwith, but that was when there was a Republican in the White House. Any "respect for the Commander-in-Chief" or "respect for the Office of the Presidency" went out the window with the Chimp.

If it's good enough ...

For the rest of us, it should be be good enough for The Frothy Mixture:

... If Mr. Santorum doesn't like how a private company orders its search listings, perhaps he can pull himself up by his bootstraps and build a web activist army to defeat Dan Savage's website by generating more links to his own campaign page. It's the American Way!

Whiny little bastid.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Light Blogging Ahead

We're going out to the coast tomorrow for a few days. Lots to do.

Why On Earth Couldn't Resist Update:

Ted Haggard, whom you'll remember as the christowhacko tweaker bi-guy, will appear on "Celebrity Wife Swap" with Gary Busey, the poster boy for Why You Should Wear A Helmet.

...and for some unexplained reason they are shooting at the GLBT Pride Center in Colorado Springs, [...]

Oy gevult...

Sounds like a lateral disappointment to the distaff sides as well as the viewing audience.

If David Frum ...

Is casting a queer eye at you, you know you got problems.

I don't have much love for David Frum, regardless of the epiphany he's had lately, but when he's starting to intimate the Republicans are criminals ... treasonous criminals, you know they've sunk to new lows:


Frum doesn’t come right out and say it explicitly, but reading this, it appears Frum believes Republican leaders are — or at least may be — trying to hurt the economy on purpose, as part of a political strategy to undermine President Obama during a crisis.

In other words, Frum seems to be suggesting that the top GOP officials in Congress, including the entire party leadership, may be involved in some kind of sabotage campaign. That’s no small charge.


I'm too cynical to hope for arrests anytime soon, but I'm hoping the Dems make big political hay out of it.

America II: Attack of the Drones

No American troops were harmed in the making of this war.

Thanks to drones, national sovereignty is history

At least in the Middle East where a chain of drone ramps has surrounded the countries there in a web of sky high surveillance and, if deemed necessary, instant destruction.


Terminator is neigh upon us.

Title reference.

Seize the Uterus!

The General gets his little soldier all worked up writing a letter to a Texas Republican. Heh ...


But I'm afraid you're not fighting this war properly. Going after contraceptive providers isn't enough. What about those wicked not-men who demand that their partners complete the act outside of their womb tunnel? What are you going to do with them?

I think I can help. I've developed a bungee-based device that when strapped to a couple, limits the amplitude of a man's secret parts. Put simply, the device stops a mans hips from moving more than and inch and a half, just short of the 1.75 inch distance a normal man requires in order to disengage his little soldier from a not-man's woo woo thing.


It's all about your parts, ladies, and the Republicans are obsessed with them. A whole buncha no-fun assholes who would deny you any amount of pleasure without you "paying for it". Digby looks at this too ... seriously:

... It's a war on pleasure. Anything that promotes human happiness other than the ecstasy of counting money and prayer must be stopped.

I am so sick of these old pasty white guys making judgments about what women do with their bodies. I don't know how any self respecting woman could call herself a Republican at this point.

Conspiracy threories ...

I read quite a few bloggers who, aside from their insights on politics and policy, which I respect, are firm believers that 9/11 was an inside job. That is, the US government played an active hand in the deaths of 3000-odd people. They've zeroed in on 2 targets, WTC #7 and the crash at the Pentagon.

Now, I can believe Bush & Co. might have had some sort of forewarning. They would have seen the political opportunity but I can't wrap my head around them having an active hand in it. One question always bothered me about the Pentagon thing and it's a question none have answered sufficiently, if at all.

If something other than an airliner full of people hit the Pentagon, where are these people today? There were people (at least one semi-famous one - Barbara Olsen) aboard an airliner over Washington who called loved ones to tell them they were aboard a hijacked plane. They were never heard from again. Are they all in on it? Did they all pledge to live their lives in anonymity in order to help the "war effort"? Why haven't any of them been inadvertently spotted somewhere on the street in the past decade?

I don't put much past Bush, Cheney, and their evil minions but until someone explains to me where those people who supposedly died that day are (read: show me fucking pictures), the worst I'll believe is that the political leadership at the time saw the opportunity to screw and bamboozle the general public and took it.

Off to court ...

Word ...

Pic stolen from here.

A lot ...

Of our mealy mouthed elected representatives could learn something about being a politician from the future junior senator from Massachusetts*:


There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody.

You built a factory out there—good for you! But I want to be clear.

You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for.

You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate.

You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for.

You didn’t have to worry that maurauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.

Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea—God bless. Keep a big hunk of it.

But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.


Our "centrist" Dems had better embrace this kind of talk or they're gonna find themselves out of a job come next year. There is no "middle" anymore and if there is a "D" behind their name, they ain't gonna get anywhere pandering to the GOP voters. To them, even the Speaker of the House is too "liberal". Get with the people or get out.

*Video at the link.

Great thanks to Thers for the link.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Whar da Sheriff?

Showed up to court this morning, waited for an hour for one of the Deputy Sheriffs to testify but they couldn't find him. The sent us home and told us to come back at 2:30. Just as I was about to leave, our "government minder" calls and says they still can't find the Deputy and to come back at 9:30 tomorrow. What a waste of a day.

The upside? There's a Carling Cup match on in a few minutes that I thought I'd have to miss. Leeds United vs. Manchester United. Some of us are hoping for miracles. Heh ...


Well, the Age of Miracles is, indeed, over. Man U had most of their bench warmers out on the pitch and Leeds still lost 3 - 0.

Quote of the Day

Ted Frier:


And for the record, "class warfare" is when the masses, motivated by envy and greed, burn down the mansions of the rich, cut off their heads and stick the severed remains on the ends of bloody pikes.


Just so you understand how it works.

Admin ...

Well the blog is back. Blogger went bonkers about 6:30 this morning and hadn't come back until now. I have to be back at court in a little while. See yas later. Don't forget to surf the blogroll.

So you don't forget ...

This is what they're trying to convince you of:

Again, the central premise of the contemporary Republican Party is that people making $400K+ a year are living a hardscrabble existence, while a teacher or police officer making $50 K a year is enjoying a pampered life of unimaginable luxury.

Don't believe them.

I'm not one ...

For TV. I don't watch regular shows, sitcoms, series, dramas. Standard TV programming does nothing for me. I usually have the BBC, MSNBC, or the local Long Island news station on for background noise when I'm doing something. My "must see TV" is football (soccer). The Mrs. schedules our social life, generally, around my football watching on the weekends from August to May (and she puts up with it during the week when the UEFA Champions League, or Carling Cup, or FA Cup matches are on). She's a good, understanding woman but I digress.

The Mrs. likes Dancing With The Stars. I'd watch it with her when it first began because it still resembled ballroom dancing. I'll watch professional ballroom dancing with her and I enjoy it very much. DWTS, after 10 years, has now become the professional wrestling of ballroom dancing. Too much flash, too little substance. I don't watch it anymore with the Mrs. I did however, watch the first half hour with her last night (waiting for the New York Football Giants game to come on Monday Night Football) and I saw what we missed from the clips on the early morning insomniac news and I just wanted to say this:

Chaz Bono impressed me.

Not for his dancing skills, but for his poise and dignity and good humor. For getting out there and shaking his moneymaker in light of the deep divisions in this country because some of us wouldn't even consider him a human being, with rights and feelings. The LGBT cause has been furthered immeasurably by his courage. Good on him. His mother must be kvelling. Good on Cher too, for giving him the support he needed when making such difficult decisions.

I attribute no altruistic "social change" motives to Dancing With The Stars itself. They just had him on to put eyes on the screen (ratings = money).

Monday, September 19, 2011

" economic hole so deep we're bumping elbows with blind moles"

Will Durst on the economy:

What this country needs right now is tough love to get through these rough times. Common-sense solutions. I'm not talking about the futile recommendations Super Congress is busy formulating. Those won't be remedies. Those will be more mere, election-year platitudes. As inevitable as gratuitous gore in a Danny Trejo movie. Like cookies in day care. Erasers on golf pencils.

When this sort of thing happens to families, they find ways to tighten their belts. Come up with plans to cut back on expenses and bring in extra money. Exactly what we should be doing now. So allow me to offer up a few modest proposals to help get this country back on its feet.

-Do we really need nine Supreme Court Justices? Couldn't we slide by with seven? Considering recent decisions, I'd hazard to say a junior grade Justice Department law clerk could flip a coin and handle the job as well.

-There's no reason why the feds should continue to fund expensive Congressional elections in the Bible Belt. What we do is give the candidates an IQ test and the one with the lowest science score wins. A cheap alternative for the same result.

No shit to both of those!

-Pretty apparent we can't afford to indulge in high-priced fossil fuels anymore. Time to shift into bio-fuels. Ethanol, sure, but a better bet would be methane, especially with the incredibly abundant supply being regularly emitted out of our representatives in D.C.

Yeah, I'm surprised yer allowed to smoke within 100ft of 'em.


Do you know how I know ...

The country is fucked? Happened this morning. First time in close to 50 years of life because that's how long I've known this woman, all my bloody life. My old German "aunt" (not by blood but the fact she was my mom's best friend) who lives around the corner.

Now this is a woman (and her late husband) who had "belt privileges" from my parents (you gotta be my age to probably understand that). They had full parental responsibility and if they felt the need to kill me when I was young, they would only have had to explain to my parents why. We are that close.

Well, today I had to take her to a doctors appointment, to the vampire to have some blood drawn, because her son (my best friend) couldn't get off work to take her (she doesn't drive, ever since The Great Station Wagon/Motorcycle Incident of 1970 - another post, maybe at F&G). So that's when it happened, when I was driving her home. Once sentence from her as I waited at the train crossing.

"You know, this Republican bullshit is really pissing me off."

Now, these few words rocked my world on several levels, at least as much as the earthquake a couple weeks ago.

First: Let's take note of the use of the word "bullshit". This is the 3rd time (in close to 50 years) I heard her use the word "shit"; never with a modifier attached. A devout Roman Catholic, member of the church choir, dragged herself to church every Sunday, even while undergoing chemo for a tumor in her leg. Lives Jesus' word (the Jesus I learned about, mostly from her) and works to help the poor and her fellow congregants. She is a really good person. And she doesn't curse (a sin, don'tcha know). I walked home a few nights with a palm print on my cheek thanks to my frequent use of "fuck". "Pissing me off" is just dressing (she'd gone all the way with "bullshit"), probably learned from us or her grandchildren.

Second: Let's back up to the word "Republican". This is not a political woman. She is a farmer's wife. She came here from a little town outside Munich before meeting her husband, who was from a place that would become the East Zone after the war. He was a chicken farmer. His father was a chicken farmer in Germany and they came here and built a chicken farm in the late 1920s. They came from a Germany where kings and queens ruled still. They knew what it was like for their property to be part of one kingdom or duchy one year and another the next. They didn't care who was in power as long as none of them decided to take their stuff. They were the same way after they came here. They were never political, just hard working folks (16 hour days were normal; 18 - 20 regular). They raised two great kids and she enjoys playing grandma to 5 grandchildren. She ain't political.

Until now.

So what would cause a woman who never cared about what goes on in Washington, suddenly pay attention after 80-plus years of ambivalence?

They're trying to take her stuff. The stuff she and her husband broke their asses for, for over 60 years. If she knows it, and is angry about it, you know a lot of people are. Yer damn right Barry better listen to the people instead of the weasels who run around in the White House. If my Tante is mad at you, the end is near.

Breitbart: Bring it on. Oh, yeah...?

From RawReplay, with video if you must.

Speaking to a Massachusetts tea party group recently, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart made some comments that are raising eyebrows online this week, telling the small gathering of Republicans that he sometimes wants to “fire the first shot.”

“I’m under attack all the time,” he said. “The call me gay. There are death threats… There are times when I’m not thinking as clearly as I should, and in those unclear moments, I always think to myself, ‘Fire the first shot. Bring it on.’ Because I know who’s on our side.

“They can only win a rhetorical and propaganda war. They cannot win. We outnumber them in this country and we have the guns… I’m not kidding. They talk a mean game, but they will not cross that line because they know what they’re dealing with. ”

It must be reassuring to that lily-livered pansy Breitbart that he won't be there when the shit goes down, but he'll take credit for it.

Public challenge to Breitbart: You want "bring it"? I'd LOVE to. Any time, any place, any weapon or none, you chickenshit motherfucker. You think you've been 'under attack' because people have told the truth about you? You don't know the meaning of the words. I pray that I get to instruct you.

Foo Fighters - Keepin it Clean in KC

I've got no idea who the Foo Fighters are, never heard 'em before, but now I like 'em! BTW, if this is "alt rock" I'm a monkey's uncle. This here's country. son!

Via Raw Replay:

Categories: Featured, Say What?

Searching for a way to counter the Westboro Baptist Church’s weird protests? If you can find the Foo Fighters, you have the solution to that problem.

On Friday evening in Kansas City, Missouri, the renowned rock band staged an impromptu mini-concert against the church, who lined up to protest the band’s upcoming concert. Performing on a truck that drowned out the church member’s noises, lead singer David Grohl offered the crowd an all-loving, all-included monologue.

Oh, the irony...

Ironic Times

Study: Pot Smokers Less Obese Than Non-Users
Willie Nelson named new spokesperson for Jenny Craig.

NGO Report: Twenty-One Countries Ranked Less Corrupt Than U.S.
Insiders say bribes went to wrong people, blackmail attempts backfired.

In Study, Researchers Find Eating Chocolate as Good as Exercise
Sitting on couch all day eating bonbons equivalent to running six miles.

Someone, somewhere, is going to believe that.

Massive Solar Storm Would Kill Satellites For a Decade
Fortunately there are millions of public phone booths, and there's always Western Union.

That'll put the 'wires' back in 'wired'!

Heh ...

Pic stolen from NYT via Montag.

Buncha shit to do this morning before I have to be at court. See yas this afternoon ...

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Backwards At High Speed


THERE are two American archetypes that were sometimes played against each other in old Westerns.

The egghead Eastern lawyer who lacks the skills or stomach for a gunfight is contrasted with the tough Western rancher and ace shot who has no patience for book learnin’.

Gee, I could never guess where this is going...

Our education system is going to hell. Average SAT scores are falling, and America is slipping down the list of nations for college completion. And Rick Perry stands up with a smirk to talk to students about how you can get C’s, D’s and F’s and still run for president.

Fuckin' swell. I suppose this was inevitable now that ignorance is a right-wing virtue and actually using your brain is "elitism".

So we’re choosing between the overintellectualized professor and blockheads boasting about their vacuity?

The occupational hazard of democracy is know-nothing voters. It shouldn’t be know-nothing candidates.

Double jeopardy. Reverse synergy - the whole is considerably less than the sum of its parts. To the detriment of all and everything.

"Perry is a slot machine who pays on every pull"

From a post on "Perry's not a cheap whore..." at Kos:

Republicans pretend to loathe judicial overreach. They rail against activist judges who "make law" and pound their chests about original intent, but the truth is that since the 2000 Bush v Gore decision, there has been an ever accelerating wave of radical judicial activism from the right. Conservative judicial decisions have overturned two hundred years of rules designed to prevent just what we're now seeing, ownership of both the media and political system by a very wealthy few.

The greatest pretense in American politics is this: that our politicians can be utterly dependent on money given to them by contributors, but not be influenced by the source of those funds. It's not true. It's never been true. Now that the judicial takeover of our electoral system is complete, there's not even any reason to hide it. This is a bribe-based system — an oligarchy all the way to the core. Getting it back isn't going to be easy, and probably can't be done with dollars. It's going to take something far more dear.

I hate to say it this way but it's liable to take more Blut und Eisen than polite discourse.

If you wonder ...

Why corporate profits are so high when most of us are too broke to buy their products, M. Bouffant lets some Wall Streeters explain it:


Not to be outdone, Michael Cembalest, the chief investment officer of JPMorgan Chase, wrote in July of this year (in a clients-only newsletter obtained by Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson) that “profit margins have reached levels not seen in decades,” and “reductions in wages and benefits explain the majority of the net improvement.” (Cembalest printed the latter quote in boldfaced lettering.) “US labor compensation,” he explained, “is now at a 50-year low relative to both company sales and US GDP.”


So, when there's no one left in the company who can afford to work there, what are they gonna do about the bottom line then? The big takeaway:

... Henry Ford famously boosted his workers’ pay to $5 a day so they could buy the Model Ts they were assembling ...

Think about it.

Reminiscent ...

Of my dealings with the New York City Police Department. Thank the lord most of our criminals are stupid.

Quote of the Day

Our pal Montag:

... Ricky Good Hair ... is just the turd that floated to the surface of the Republican/Teabaggers Bowl of Dumb Punch.

If you want ...

As Mayor Bloomberg said the other day:


"You have a lot of kids graduating college, [who] can't find jobs," said Bloomberg, during his weekly radio show on Friday. "That's what happened in Cairo. That's what happened in Madrid. You don't want those kinds of riots here."


Just vote for Republicans. Via Jill, a pretty sober analysis of what America would look like as a Tea Bag nation:

In the Tea Party’s America, families must mortgage their home to pay for their mother’s end-of-life care. Higher education is a luxury reserved almost exclusively to the very rich. Rotten meat ships to supermarkets nationwide without a national agency to inspect it. Fathers compete with their adolescent children for sub-minimum wage jobs. And our national leaders are utterly powerless to do a thing.

At least, that’s what would happen if the Tea Party succeeds in its effort to reimagine the Constitution as an antigovernment manifesto. While the House of Representatives pushes Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) plan to phase out Medicare, numerous members of Congress, a least one Supreme Court justice, and the governor of America’s second-largest state now proudly declare that most of the progress of the last century violates the Constitution.


Take a few minutes and read it. Tell me what would happen in such a world. I don't see this country surviving it.

Chelsea vs. Manchester United this morning. If you don't see me here anymore, you know I've had a stroke*. Heh ...

*I am a HUGE Chelsea fan.