Congrats Phils

October 31, 2008 at 8:02 pm (Alameda, Baseball, Fantasy Baseball)

I’m an old National League fan and, although the Phillies are the Mets hated rivals, I was happy to see them win… Matty Stairs, a fav of mine when he was a hitting machine with the A’s [and nice to my kid on picture day], continues to be clutch… Jimmy Rollins is an Alamedian who would look good in a Giants uni. SF entertained me and are upward bound in the post Barry Bighead era… Pat Burrell, Ray’s Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena were California Sea Otters this year and all did me well… The Otters were in contention all year, finished fourth of twelve in my league… The Angels made the playoffs and just picked up Vlad’s option and not Garrett’s. Thats good… Mets second demise in a row not withstanding, It was a terrific year.


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The Politics Of Racism

October 30, 2008 at 8:39 am (News & Politics)

Many people acknowledge that there is no fundamental difference between the Democrat and Republican parties, that the main differences are about style more than substance. However, it seems as though the attitudes of some voters towards the presidential candidates of these two major parties are in large part a reflection of something other than their political differences. Consider the following:

Regarding Obama/Biden vs McCain/Palin: What if certain personal characteristics of the candidates and their wives were switched around? How would that affect our collective point of view?

What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage at their party’s nominating convention, including a three month old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?

What if John McCain was a Harvard graduate and a former president of the Harvard Law Review; while Barack Obama had finished fifth from the bottom of his Naval Academy graduating class (894th in a class of 899 cadets)?

What if McCain had only married once, and Obama was a divorcee? What if Obama was the candidate who left his first wife after a severe disfiguring car accident when she no longer measured up to his standards of beauty? (To be fair, McCain has acknowledged certain of his failings in this regard.)

What if Obama met his second wife in a bar, and the two of them had an affair while he was still married to his disfigured first wife?

What if Michelle Obama, rather than Cindy McCain, was the spouse who became addicted to pain killers, acquiring them illegally through a charitable organization?

What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five? (5 U.S. Senators accused of corruption, igniting a political scandal within the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s.)

What if Obama, rather than McCain, had a history of discipline problems in college and a record of crashing several military airplanes; without suffering repercussions that would have landed others, less well connected, in deep trouble? (McCain’s father and grandfather were Navy Admirals).

What if Obama was the candidate known to display serious anger management problems, on multiple and well documented occasions?

What if Michelle Obama’s family, rather than Cindy McCain’s, made its money selling booze?

If these questions actually reflected the reality, would Obama be leading McCain today in the run up to the presidential election? “Not bloody likely.”

Truly, the political programs of the two leading candidates differ little in substance. Obama & McCain both voted for the “banker’s bailout” — rewarding the same gang of thieves who looted the economy with $700 billion in taxpayer’s money. Both candidates want more troops sent to Afghanistan, and it is Obama who trumpets a warlike readiness to strike militarily within Pakistan (a sovereign if shaky ally of the U.S. government). Both candidates favor the death penalty, and Obama supports its expansion to cover certain crimes not currently subject to it. Neither candidate is ready to deal fairly with Cuba. The list goes on. With so much in common, why do some insist that one candidate is “clearly” better than the other?

Racism maximizes positive qualities in some, while minimizing those same positive qualities in others. It emphasizes negative qualities in others, while minimizing those same qualities in those more superficially like ourselves. With some, the McCains repeatedly get the benefit of a doubt which the Obamas don’t enjoy in the climate of our times.

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Jewish Olympian Swimmer

October 21, 2008 at 6:48 pm (It's A Cartoon, Maroon)


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Tough Love

October 15, 2008 at 7:11 pm (Family & Friends)

This came in my email today. Aren’t you glad I’m your Papper, Phillip, not this guy? :-)

Tough Love vs. Spanking – Good Argument

Most of the American populace thinks it improper to spank children, so I have tried other methods
to control my kids when they have one of ‘those moments.’

One that I found effective is to just take the child for a car ride and talk.

Some say it’s the vibration from the car, others say it’s the time away from any distractions such as TV, Video Games, Computer, IPod, etc.

Either way, my kids usually calm down and stop misbehaving after our car ride together. Eye to eye contact helps a lot too.

Included is a photo below of one of my sessions with my son, in case you would like to use the technique.


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She’s Number One!!

October 6, 2008 at 5:25 pm (Family & Friends)

This from Lynn, an old [yet still young] friend, and a math major.

Beauty of Mathematics !!!!!!!

1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

Brilliant, isn’t it?

And look at this symmetry:

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321

Now, take a look at this…


From a strictly mathematical viewpoint:

What Equals 100%?
What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?

We have all been in situations where someone wants you to GIVE OVER 100%.

How about ACHIEVING 101%?

What equals 100% in life?

Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help
answer these questions:



Is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 1 9 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.


H-A-R-D-W-O- R- K

8+1+18+4+23+ 15+18+11 = 98%


K-N-O-W-L-E- D-G-E

11+14+15+23+ 12+5+4+7+ 5 = 96%


A-T-T-I-T-U- D-E

1+20+20+9+20+ 21+4+5 = 100%

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Jeremiah Duboff for McCain/Palin

October 1, 2008 at 6:16 pm (Alameda, News & Politics)


Just two single guys [Jeremiah Duboff and his mentor, William Piehl] who runs a “Republican think tank” [oxymoron?] at Java Rama, a Park Street coffee house.






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