Monday, July 27, 2009

the Tour De France 2008

FNC Alert 7/27/2008 11:49 AM


I have no idea who that is.

Friday, July 24, 2009

American wonder

SFLA responds to DHS memo on pro-life being terrorism

The following is from two different Students for Life of America e-mail newsletters and presented non-chronologically.

Students for Life of AmericaPro-Lifers = Terrorists? 5/6/2009 9:25 PM

A Letter to President Obama

Please see the below letter that SFLA sent to President Obama today. Please feel free to copy and submit to your campus media outlets.

Dear Mr. President,

We write to you today as a collection of over 492 university pro-life organizations. We are alarmed by your administration's ignorance of who pro-lifers are and what we strive to accomplish. The recent April 7th Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assessment of "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment" warned of potential right wing extremism and named pro-lifers specifically which we found extremely insulting. Further on March 26th, in the DHS Reference Aid "Domestic Extremism Lexicon", your Administration said that pro-lifers are "A movement of groups or individuals who are virulently antiabortion and advocate violence against providers of abortion-related services, their employees, and their facilities. Some cite various racist and anti-Semitic beliefs to justify their criminal activities." This is a terribly inaccurate definition of who we really are.

We are a collection of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Our campus groups are made up of people of faith and of no faith. We come from all races, ethnic groups, social classes, and backgrounds. A May 2009 Pew Research poll has found that 48% of 18 to 29 year-olds believe abortion should be illegal. Labeling 48% of this generation as violent extremists is absurd.

Our independent university groups strive to end abortion, help women who face un-planned pregnancy, and women who are recovering from an abortion experience. Because we believe that abortion is the murder of an innocent human child and irrevocably harms the mother of the child, this does not mean that we are racist, anti-Semitic, violent, or a threat to the United States of America. Our university groups work tirelessly every day to fulfill the following goals on campus: educate the campus body about the procedures of abortion, the risks and complications of abortion, and fetal development. In addition, our groups work with our administrations to provide reduced-cost daycare, flexible class schedules, and student-parent housing. None of our mission statements include anything racist, anti-Semitic, violent, or disrespectful to the United States. We believe that those individuals that you classify as "pro-life" who commit acts of violence are, in fact, not pro-life. Pro-lifers are dedicated to protecting the lives of the unborn, as well as the born.

We request that you promptly address this situation at DHS. We ask that you speak to your administration officials and educate your employees about the goals of the pro-life movement seeks and how we seek to accomplish these goals. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss our visions and goals and what we would like to see happen to America.


Students for Life of America

Bill Clinton, Jamie Foxx, Tim McGraw in Pro-Life Ad? 5/13/2009 6:06 AM

Bill Clinton in a Pro-Life Ad?

Our friends at have done it again, they just released their latest ad promoting adoption in a politically and religious neutral way. is reporting that it is scheduled to air during the Season Finale of American Idol.

See the powerful video here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Statism can be Tempting

Lawrence W. Reed writes on the dangers of banning secondhand smoke, smoking, and overriding the private property rights of citizens simply for comfort.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Merrie Melodies - I Taw A Putty Tat (1948)

Public Domain
April 2, 1948
Director: Friz Freleng
Producer: Edward Eddie Selzer
Production Company: Warner Bros.
Audio/Visual: mono, color

Tweety is a male as I recall.

Ignore Cartoon Network.

the system or the people?

In Michigan (like many states) we've had debates and conversations for years regarding full-time legislature versus part-time legislature, term limits, and other technical and constitutional bits regarding the very structure of our state government. I have often argued that term limits were against the Founding Fathers' vision of a Democratic Republic where citizens are allowed and encouraged to elect representatives as often as they preferred; it is embarrassing that I argued that term limits were "unconstitutional" before I remembered that term limits are literally Constitutional in the state of Michigan. Yet having term limits does not change that the leftist and/or statist politicians can inflict great damage on liberty and that a part-time legislature can certainly contain destructive part-time legislators introducing destructive legislation. The structure of the political arena does not create these villains insomuch as the people choose to elect them.

Alabama versus Michigan

Alabama is a Right-to-Work state. My state, Michigan, is one where the laws tend to favor unionists and labor unions, even at the expense or detriment of the individual who desires to work and to be employed. Mackinac Center analyzes the differences, especially as to the contrast of the Midwestern state's myth that the Southern states are backward when at least in one respect (probably among many) Alabama could be said to be more advanced than Michigan.

Paul Weyrich tributes and obituaries

Paul Weyrich died Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at 1 AM. He was 66 years old. There are Weyrich links at first and then a reprint of a tribute to Paul Weyrich by Morton Blackwell.
The following, I suppose, is copyright Morton Blackwell or the Leadership Institute. From the word tense it is obvious it was written when Mr. Weyrich was still alive, ironically a month or so before his unfortunate passing.

A Tribute to Paul Weyrich
by Morton C. Blackwell
Fall 2008

View PDF File

Next to Ronald Reagan, no single person has achieved more to advance the cause of American conservatism than Paul Weyrich.

Paul came to Washington 42 years ago to work as press secretary for conservative U.S. Senator Gordon Allott of Colorado. At the time, liberalism was riding high.

There were very few conservative op-ed writers. There was no talk radio as we know it today. Fox News and conservative blogs like Townhall and RedState did not exist.

Lionel Trilling wrote at the time that “liberalism is not only the dominant ideology; it’s the only ideology in America.”

Some of the few conservatives who worked in the D.C. area didn’t dare call themselves conservatives.

After Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, the Nixon/Agnew ticket resulted in another disappointing setback for conservatism. But beginning in the early 1970s, conservatism was on the march. The election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 constituted a major triumph for conservative principles.

... And none of it would have happened without Paul Weyrich. Now it’s time to honor him.

As a congressional staffer, Paul watched the powerful, liberal coalition of academics, think tank analysts, members of Congress, White House aides, interest-group officials, and journalists running America and wondered: “Why can’t we put together an operation like that?”

There was, for example, no comparable conservative alternative to the Brookings Institution, the catalyst for many of the legislative successes of the liberals during the 1960s and early 1970s.

Paul Weyrich had been inspired by Barry Goldwater’s principled run for the presidency in 1964. Paul called himself a "movement conservative."

You see, Barry Goldwater’s landslide loss in 1964 taught many of us young conservatives a valuable lesson that I still focus on at my Leadership Institute: “Being right, in the sense of being philosophically correct, is not sufficient to win.”

Paul keenly understood this.

When he and I first met in 1968, I saw immediately that Paul was very special: principled, articulate, creative, tenacious, fearless, and wise—in a unique combination.

Over the years I have had the good fortune to know almost all of the most effective conservatives in America. No one else has come close to being as effective as Paul in building the conservative movement. In an astonishing range of activities, Paul’s achievements are spectacular.

Let me start by sharing with you the little-known story of one of Paul’s most important institution-building successes.

Paul and I had been friends for about three years. I was on the senior staff of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), then the D.C. area’s largest conservative think tank.

When I learned that AEI had deliberately withheld the publication of a powerful study regarding a bill under consideration by the Congress, I privately discussed the matter with Paul. It seemed AEI policy at the time was not to publish studies which might be seen as attempts to affect the outcome in Congress.

After the Senate narrowly defeated the conservatives’ bill, AEI published the study.

When the tardy AEI study arrived at Sen. Allott’s office, Paul himself called AEI president William J. Baroody, Sr., and said, “This is a great study. Why didn’t you publish it when it could do some good?”

Bill Baroody replied that publishing studies which appeared to be attempts to affect pending legislation might endanger AEI’s tax-exempt status.

At that moment, Paul decided that conservatives needed an independent research institute to influence the policy debate as it occurred in Congress—before decisions were made. He envisioned an activist think tank, separate from Congress and not officially tied to any political party.

You’ll be highly interested in what happened next.

Paul contacted Joseph Coors, whom Paul had known when he was a TV newsman in Denver. Joe was president of the Adolph Coors Company in Colorado and one of the best known conservative business leaders in America.

Paul told Joe Coors about AEI’s policy of delaying the publishing of policy studies which might affect pending legislation.

Joe said, “I think I can handle that.” But he got the same story when he phoned AEI’s president.

Joe Coors then called Paul back in Sen. Allott’s office and said, “I want to spend money on the conservative movement. I want to do something.”

Not missing a beat, Paul essentially said, “Have I got an idea for you!”

Later, Joe visited Washington and met with Paul. Casting about for help, Paul arranged for Coors to talk with fellow conservative Lyn Nofziger, who was then President Nixon’s deputy assistant for congressional relations.

Along with Coors and Paul, in Nofziger’s large pastel-blue office in the Old Executive Office Building next to the White House, was Paul’s friend Edwin J. Feulner, Jr.

Ed Feulner was then administrative assistant to Congressman Phil Crane, a staunch conservative from Illinois. Paul and Ed frequently breakfasted together in the basement cafeteria of the U.S. Capitol.

Paul was then age 28, and Feulner was 30.

“So what about AEI?” Joe Coors asked Nofziger.

“AEI?” repeated the curmudgeonly White House aide.

Lyn Nofziger then strolled over to a bookshelf and blew some dust off an AEI study. “That’s what they’re good for—collecting dust. They do great work, but they’re not timely. What we need are studies for Congress while legislation is being considered.”

Coors later told Paul that two things made him decide to go with Paul’s idea, despite the obvious youth of its principals: Lyn Nofziger’s dismissal of AEI as too academic and Paul’s “tremendous business plan.”

And that was the beginning of something big. Paul became the first president of a new conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation. Ed Feulner later succeeded Paul as president and built Heritage into the conservative powerhouse we know today.

If there had been no Paul Weyrich, there would, in all likelihood, have been no Heritage Foundation. And had there been no Heritage Foundation—and the many other new and improved conservative organizations Paul created or made possible—Ronald Reagan would not have been elected in 1980.

Keep in mind that Goldwater’s humiliating defeat occurred just 16 years prior.

And while Reagan clearly appealed to a wider audience than Goldwater, the rise of conservative organizations allowed Reagan to win by a landslide while Goldwater had lost by a even greater margin in the popular vote. That’s just the start of my story of Paul’s impact.

Paul, Ed, and I were among an informal group brought together by conservative fundraiser Richard Viguerie in 1972. We were determined conservatives who began to discuss how to build a powerful base of conservative activists and leaders who could eventually win in American politics.

Central to our plan was to create new, effective, conservative groups. Paul Weyrich turned out to be, by far, the most successful creator of new organizations. Below is only a partial list of the conservative organizations he engendered or was key in starting:

• Heritage Foundation
• Free Congress Foundation
• Free Congress PAC

• Coalitions for America
• House Republican Study Committee
• Senate Steering Committee

• Council for National Policy
• International Policy Forum
• American Legislative Exchange Council

• American Association of State and Local Officials
• Conservative Leadership PAC

Paul sparked many people to create and lead a wide variety of other effective, new conservative groups. Our informal group met frequently throughout the 1970s to brainstorm new ideas and put them into effect.

In one of our discussions, I described theologically conservative Americans as “the largest tract of virgin timber on the political landscape.” All the liberal pastors were already up to their necks in politics, but conservative religious leaders thought any such participation was no part of their calling.

At the time, conservative pastors sat back and allowed the leftists to remove prayer from school, legalize abortion-on-demand, and, in general, make government the active enemy of traditional values.

Conservative evangelicals were non-combatants in the political aspects of the culture war. Yet government was successfully assaulting almost everything they held dear.

Paul took the initiative to organize a group of conservative leaders to visit a successful, religious broadcaster in Lynchburg, Virginia—to recruit him to lead conservative Christians into political participation.

During their discussion, Paul told the Rev. Jerry Falwell, “Out there is what one might call a moral majority.”

Jerry Falwell suddenly exclaimed, “That’s the name of the organization!”

Many people know what happened from there. (And now you know what Paul Harvey would call “the rest of the story.”) Not long after that, Ronald Reagan became the first presidential candidate to benefit from the support of millions of newly activated, theologically conservative Americans.

Here’s another thing most people don’t know about: Paul’s central role in overturning the defeatist Republican leadership in the Congress.

For decades the House and Senate Republican leadership contentedly accepted their government limousines and gave little thought or effort to overturning the Democrats’ congressional majorities.

Paul saw that only a new generation of conservative Republican congressional leadership could wrest control from the leftist Democrats in charge of both Houses.

Key to that achievement was creation of the House Republican Study Committee and the Senate Steering Committee. Paul and Ed Feulner persuaded some solidly conservative U.S. Representatives and Senators to take on that project. But that was only the important, first step.

Paul then led the bigger and more complex task. It required many steps:

1. To recruit and train a new generation of conservative candidates all across America.

2. To generate political and financial support for those candidates so they could win nomination and election.

3. To identify, recruit, and train conservative Members of both Houses who could eventually become the congressional Republican leaders.

4. To work quietly and systematically to line up support in the House and Senate Republican conferences for action-oriented challengers against the content-free incumbent party leaders.

5. To build up an efficient network of trustworthy conservative congressional staff who would have to do much of the work of advancing conservative principles in congressional activities.

Paul did all of that and more. It was both a massive and complex task.

Paul began a weekly strategy luncheon which he hosted in his office. He recruited as a luncheon regular a very bright new congressman named Newt Gingrich. I was there as Paul first explained to Newt what a “wedge issue” is.

Paul took the lead in an astonishing variety of tasks:

• training a new generation of grassroots conservative activists and leaders

• recruiting solidly conservative candidates

• generating support for conservative candidates in nomination and general-election contests by introducing them to conservative donors and to the leaders of new conservative organizations

• helping newly elected conservatives hire solidly conservative staff

• lining up support for activist conservatives in party leadership contests in both Houses of Congress

Of course, most of these activities necessarily take place behind the scenes, so people not directly involved never have learned of Paul’s leadership role in them. Now you know.

Most effective conservatives do know that Paul is the “go to” guy when you want to make something happen. Paul’s effectiveness is famous.

Over the last 40 years, I’ve been in uncounted thousands of conservative meetings, large and small, where everyone looked to Paul to put the heat on specific people to do the right thing.

You probably remember the children’s story where some mice were troubled by a cat who was catching and eating many of them. One mouse came up with the great idea of tying a bell around the cat’s neck so they could hear him coming. Another mouse raised the question, “Who shall bell the cat?”

Belling the cat is dangerous business.

Fortunately for all of us, Paul Weyrich is fearless and ready to do whatever must be done to advance conservative principles. He has never aspired to win a popularity contest. Regardless of the consequences to himself, Paul keeps his commitments, and woe unto anyone who breaks his word to Paul.

The truth is that many people are (wisely) afraid of him. Many a waverer has been brought back to the "straight and narrow" for fear of angering Paul.

Serious conservatives treasure Paul’s judgment, and the smartest ones often follow his advice. If one wants support from conservatives, earning Paul’s respect is very, very valuable.

Next, let me tell you one of the best things Paul ever did for us. Having once been invited by mistake to a left-wing coalition meeting, Paul studied how the left operated. Then he adapted for conservatives the techniques for building powerful coalitions.

Paul organized the first successful conservative coalition meetings. Soon Paul’s model began to produce major results in a wide variety of policy areas. Briefly, here’s how it works:

1. Invite people who share common interests and who will commit to take actions to further those causes.

2. Invite people who have the personal ability to make things happen, through their financial resources, their communication vehicles, their grassroots following, their network of contacts, or their expertise.

3. Avoid inviting people who are merely note-takers for others.

4. Prepare an interesting, action-oriented agenda of topics for coalition meetings.

5. Brainstorm ideas for appropriate actions regarding the topics discussed.

6. Call for volunteers to take specific actions.

7. Note those who volunteer to take actions and hold them accountable for doing what they agree to do.

8. Have the meetings chaired by someone who has resources to commit, who has considerable prestige, and whom participants would fear to disappoint.

The beauty of this model is that each person in the coalition remains independent. No one is required to do anything by a vote of the gathering. Yet an enormous amount of action can result.

People are dropped from the meeting if they come only to promote their own projects, never volunteer to take actions to help the projects of others, or consistently fail to do what they volunteer to do.

That all sounds simple, but in practice, conservative coalitions pioneered by Paul Weyrich multiplied the effectiveness of conservatives in the public policy process.

Paul created a number of different coalitions and still personally chairs his famous Wednesday luncheons when Congress is in session. About sixty people regularly attend.

Other conservatives have replicated Paul’s model effectively for national coalition meetings. Now such coalitions operate locally and do important work in many states.

A little-known aspect of Paul’s career is his huge effort to identify and train pro-freedom activists and leaders in the former Soviet empire.

He understood that the fall of communist regimes would amount to nothing unless anti-communists there learned how to operate successfully in the democratic process. From the Iron Curtain to far Siberia, Paul brought expert, American, conservative faculty to teach practical political skills to grassroots activists.

Over several years, Paul personally made more than 40 trips over there.

He identified good people and brought first-class training to them. Conditions were often primitive, and there was more than a little personal danger. But as usual, Paul poured his talent and resources into doing the right thing.

We should thank God that Paul remains active in politics. Today, through his principal organization, the Free Congress Foundation, he continues to do tremendous work on behalf of our country and our conservative principles.

He is writing and publishing more now than ever. Hardly a day passes without powerful, interesting, current quotes from Paul in the print and broadcast media on the hot issues before our country.

Several years ago, Paul had a nasty accident when he slipped on the ice. This left him crippled and in constant pain. Ultimately, doctors removed his legs. In spite of the resultant disability, Paul labors on, always courageous and highly effective.

Still an inspiring movement conservative, Paul is an outspoken critic of Republicans and Democrats who don’t advance our economic and social values.

Without Paul Weyrich, there would likely have been no conservative movement worthy of the name—and no Ronald Reagan presidency.

If there were a Mount Rushmore for conservative leaders, Paul’s face would have to be on it.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Yes one of the things this weblog is supposed to cover, as I purposed it, is theological topics and of course my favorite obsessions the parallels between Scriptures, history as told in the Bible, and modern life. There are ways of the modern sociopolitical system, American customs, economics and just how the went down between sin and redemption.

What does it mean when Americans treat government institutions as those filling the singular role of savior, in one manner or another, and as important as that, why see the present President as a, (or the) messiah.

Monday, July 13, 2009

back from Indianapolis for the Young Republican National Convention

I passed out cards, created a business plan/model in four days with a partner, networked, flirted with attractive women, acted along with the rest of Team Renewal to defeat Team Next Level, helped my friend Stuart Foster become Midwest Vice Chair and had a lot of fun.

I will give a full report at a later date.

The only reason this post is off-topic is because I am a topic of the article.

One does hope those young college students I met at the Rock Bottom will actually follow through and visit this site and await a reading list.

I know Derek Moss would want them to.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Natalie Coughlin

so what if everything is clickable?

CLUB: California Aquatics (CAL-CA)AGE: 25
HEIGHT: 5' 8" (172.7 cm)
COACHED BY: Teri McKeever


Two-time Olympian (2004, 2008)
11 Olympic Medals (3g, 4s, 4b)
16 World medals (6g, 6s, 4b)


2008 Olympic Games

2008: Gold, 100m BK; Silver, 400m FR-R, 400m MED-R; Bronze, 100m FR, 200m IM, 800m FR-R

2001 World Championships

2001: Bronze, 50m BK (AR); Gold, 100m BK

2007 Santa Clara Grand Prix

2007: Gold, 400m FR-R; Gold, 100m FL; Gold,

100m FR

2007 World Championships

2007: Gold, 100m BK (WR); Gold, 200m FR (AR);

Gold, 800m FR-R (WR); Silver, 400m FR-R (AR);

Silver, 400m MED-R; Bronze, 100m FL (AR)

2007 Duel in The Pool

2007: Gold, 100m BK

2003 World Champs

2003: Gold, 400m FR-R; Silver, 400m MED-R

2006 Pan Pacific Champs

2006: Gold, 400m FR-R; Gold, 800m FR-R; Gold,

400m MED-R

2005 World Championships

2005: Bronze, 400m FR-R

2004 Olympic Games

2004: Gold, 800m FR-R (WR); Silver, 400m FR-R

(AR); Silver, 400m MED-R; Gold, 100m BK;

Bronze, 100m FR


Event Best Year

50m FR 24.92 May 08

100m FR 53.39 May 08

200m FR 1:56.43 Mar 07

100m BK 59.03 Jun 08

100m FL 57.34 Mar 07

200m IM 2:09.77 Jun 08


2008 - 2 Semi, 100m BK; 2 Semi, 100m BK; 3 Semi, 200m IM 08 SCSC GP - t3 Final, 50m FR; t2 Final, 100m FR; t1 Final, 100m BK

2007 - SCY NATS - t1 Final, 50y FR; t1 Final, 100y FR; t1 Final, 100y BK; t2 Final, 100y FL 2007
SCSC GP - t1 Final, 100m FR; t1 Final, 100m FL; 1 Final, 400m FR-R
MoO DiP - , 100m FR; 1 Final, 100m BK
WORLD - 7 Semi, 50m FR; 8 Final, 50m FR; 1 Semi, 100m FR
(AR); 4 Final, 100m FR; t1 Final, 200m FR (AR); 1 Final, 100m BK (WR); 3 Final, 100m FL (AR); 2 Final, 400m FR-R (AR); 1Final, 800m FR-R (WR); 2 Final, 400m MED-R

2006 - PAN PAC - 2 Final, 50m FR; 1 Final, 100m FR; , 200m FR; 2 Final, 100m BK; , 100m BK; 1 Final, 400m FR-R; 1 Final, 800m FR-R; 1 Final, 400m MED-R
SUM NATS - 2 Final, 50m FR; 2 Final, 100m FR; 1 Final, 200m FR; 1 Final, 100m FL

2005 - MoO DiP - 1 Final, 100m BK
WORLD - t2 Final, 100m FR; , 100m FR; , 200m FR; 3 Final, 100m BK; , 100m BK; 6 Final, 50m FL; 3 Final, 400m FR-R
WC TRIALS - 1 Final, 100m FR; 1 Final, 100m BK; 3 Final, 100m FL

2004 - OLY - 3 Final, 100m FR; 1 Final, 100m BK; 2 Final, 400m
FR-R (AR); 1 Final, 800m FR-R (WR); 1 Final, 800m FR-R(AR); 1 Final, 800m FR-R (OR); 2 Final, 400m MED-R
OLY TRIALS - 6 Final, 50m FR; t5 Final, 50m FR; 2 Final, 100m FR; 1 Final, 100m FR; 1 Final, 100m BK; 1 Final, 100m BK

2003 - WORLD - , 100m FR; , 100m BK; 6 Semi, 100m FL; 8 Final, 100m FL; 1 Final, 400m FR-R; 2 Final, 400m MED-R
MoO DiP - 1 Final, 100m BK; 1 Final, 100m FL

Career Highlights:

Just the third American woman to win five Olympic medals at one meet, including two gold in the 100m backstroke and as a member of the world record-setting 4x200m freestyle relay ... first woman to swim the 100m back in less than one minute ... Broke her own 5-year-old world record in the 100m backstroke at the 2007 World Championships ... 2002 USA Swimming Swimmer of the Year ... three-time NCAA Swimmer of the Year ... three-time Sullivan Award finalist (nation's top amateur athlete) ... first person since Tracy Caulkins (1978) to win five U.S. National titles at one meet (August 2002) ... broke the American record in the 200m IM at the 2008 Janet Evans Invitational

Olympics History:

2004: Only the third American woman to win five Olympic medals at one meet, including two gold 100m BK & 800m FR-R(WR); Silver, 400m FR-R & 400m MR; Bronze, 100m FR

World Champs History:

2007: Gold, 100m BK(WR)/800m FR-R(WR); Silver, 400m FR-R(AR)/400m MR-R; Bronze, 100m FL(AR); 4, 100m FR(AR); 8, 50m FR ...

2005: Gold, 800m FR-R; Silver, 100m FR(tie) & 400m MR; Bronze, 100m BK & 400m FR-R ...

2003: Gold, 400m FR-R; Silver, 400m MR ...

2001: Gold, 100m BK & 800m FR-R(AR); Silver, 400m MR; Bronze, 50m BK

Pan Pacs History:

2006: Gold, 100m FR & all three relays; Silver, 50m FR & 100m BK ... 2002: Gold, 100m FR(AR) & 100m BK & 100m FL; Gold, 800m FR-R; Silver, 400m FR-R & 400m MR ... 1999: no medals

Duel in the Pool History:

2005: Gold, 100m BK & 100m FL & 400m FR-R(USO) ... 2003: Gold, 100m BK; Silver, 400m FR-R & 400m MR

2007 World Rankings:

13th, 50m free; 2nd, 100m free; 3rd, 200m free; 24th, 400m free; 3rd, 50m back; 1st, 100m back; 7th, 50m fly; 3rd, 100m fly

2006 World Rankings:

8th, 50m free; 5th, 100m free; 8th, 200m free; 1st, 100m back; 3rd, 100m fly; 45th, 200m IM

2005 World Rankings:

55th, 50m free; 6th, 100m free; 12th, 200m free; 1st, 100m back; 12th, 100m fly; 32nd, 200m IM


Holds WR in 100m BK (Prelim), set at 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials ... Former WR holder in 100m BK (Prelim), set at 2008 Missouri Grand Prix ... Holds WR in 800m FR-R, set at 2007 World Championships ... Holds WR in 100m IM (SCM), set at 2002 US FINA World Cup NY ... Holds WR in 100m BK (SCM), set at 2002 US FINA World Cup NY ... Holds AR in 200m IM, set at 2008 CA Janet Evans Inv ... Holds AR in 100m BK (Prelim), set at 2008 Missouri Grand Prix ... Holds AR in 100m FR (Semi), set at 2007 World Championships ... Former AR holder in 200m FR, set at 2007 World Championships ... Holds AR in 100m FL, set at 2007 World Championships ... Holds AR in 200y FR, set at 2007 Long Beach Grand Prix ... Former AR holder in 200m BK, set at 2002 US Phillips 66 Nationals ... Holds AR in 100y FR, set at 2002 Women's NCAA Champs ... Holds AR in 200y BK, set at 2002 Women's NCAA Champs ... Holds AR in 100y FL, set at 2002 Women's NCAA Champs ... Holds AR in 100y BK, set at 2002 Women's NCAA Champs ... Holds USO in 200m IM, set at 2008 CA Janet Evans Inv ... Holds USO in 100m BK (Prelim), set at 2008 Missouri Grand Prix ... Holds USO in 200y FR, set at 2007 Long Beach Grand Prix


200m Free (2): '06 SUM, '02 SUM

200m Back (3): '02 SUM (AR), '98 SUM, '98 SPG

100m Fly (3): '06 SUM, '02 SUM, '01 SPG

100m Back (3): '05 SPG, '02 SUM (WR), '01 SPG

100m Free (2): '05 SPG, '02 SUMADDITIONAL HONORS:

General Accolades:

Three-time Sullivan Award finalist for the nation's top amateur athlete (2001-02, 05) ... 2004 Female Athlete of the Year and two-time Relay Performance of the Year (2004 Olympic and 2005 World Champ 800m free relay) ... 2003 Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year ... 2002 USA Swimming Athlete of the Year

International: 2002 Swimming World Female World Swimmer of the Year

National Teams: Eight-time National A Team (1997-98, 01-06) ... 1997
National Junior TeamAll-Star Team: Seven-time (1998, 01-06)
Meet Honors: First person since Tracy Caulkins (1978) to win five U.S. National titles at one meet (August 2002) ... had qualifying times for 1998 National Championships for every event and every stroke (first swimmer to do so)
Meet Honors: World record holder in the 100m back (first woman under one minute) ... swam the lead-off leg of the world record-setting 4x200m free relay at the 2004 Olympic Games (the former 17-year-old record was the oldest one on the books); her lead-off split was the secondfastest time by an American woman and would have won the 200m free individually in Athens

Collegiate: Three-time NCAA Swimmer of the Year (2001-03); won 11 of 12 possible NCAA titles over her career; also won one NCAA relay title ... 2004 Sports Illustrated on Campus' Female Athlete of the Year
High School: 1998 Swimming World National High School Swimmer of the Year ... top female point-getter on 1998 and 1999 Scholastic All-American teamsPERSONAL:

High School: Carondelet HS '00
College: Cal-Berkeley '050
College Major: PsychologyFuture Professional Aspirations: Broadcasting ... was an Olympic analyst for MSNBC during the 2006 Winter Olympic Games
Parents: James and Zennie ... father is a police officer, and mother is a Kaiser paralegal
Sibling(s): Younger sister (Megan) attended UC Davis and was a swimmer
Started Swimming: Age 6
Sports Played Before Swimming: Gymnastics, volleyball
Nickname(s): Nat
Pet(s): Two dogs (Shera and Jake) ... Shera is a Border Terrier, and Jake is a Boxer
Hobbies Outside the Pool: Cooking; appeared with Al Roker on The Today Show to cook up a pork and persimmon risotto dish (Dec. 2002) ... also loves surfing and photography
Ultimate Way to Relax: Enjoying good food and wine
Charities: Women's Sports Foundation and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids "Kick Butts Day"
Sponsor(s): Speedo, American Eggboard, Sprint PCS
More: Wrote a book with Sports Illustrated's Michael Silver entitled, "Golden Girl: How Natalie Coughlin Fought Back, Challenged Conventional Wisdom, and Became America's Olympic Champion"; it was released in April 2006
More: Attributes some of her recent success to her dry land training program, which includes pilates and dance classes ... recently had her photographs featured in SPLASH Magazine ... favorite place to be when she isn't training or competing is in Kauai, Hawaii ... first job was
working at the Snack Shack at her local pool ... when she was little, wanted to be Whitney Houston ... greatest obstacle she's overcome is a shoulder injury and "burnout"
U.S. city:
San Francisco ...
int'l destination: Sydney ...
band: Counting Crows ...
summer activity: surfing ...
movie: Dogma ...
tv: Lost, Nip/Tuck, Heroes

from nathalie coughlin declared the most beautiful swimmer in the world:
Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics in Athens Greece 2004

gold medal in 100 m backstroke (1'00 "37)
gold medal in the relay 4 x 200 m freesyle(7'53 "42)
silver medal in the 4 x 100 m freestyle(3'36 "39)
silver medal in the 4 x 100 m 4 medley (3'59 "12)
bronze medal in 100 m freestyle(54'40)

Summer Olympics of 2008 in Beijing China

gold medal of the 100 m backstroke.
silver medal in the 4x100 m relay freestyle.
bronze medal 200-m Medley 4

World Championship swimming

World Championship swimming 2007 in Melbourne Australia

gold medal in 100 m backstroke (59 "44 WR)
gold medal in the relay 4 x 200 m freestyle (7'50 "09 WR)
silver medal in the 4 x 100 m freestyle (3'35 "68)
bronze medal in 100 m butterfly (57 34)

World Championship swimming 2005 in Montreal Canada

gold medal in the relay 4 x 200 m freestyle (7'53 "70)
silver medal in 100 m freesyle (54 74)
silver medal in the 4 x 100 m 4 medley (3'59 "92)
bronze medal in 100 m backstroke (1'00 "88)
bronze medal in the relay 4 x 100 m freesyle (3'38 "31)

World Championship swimming 2003 in Barcelona Spain

gold medal in the relay 4 x 100 m freestyle (3'38 "09)
silver medal in the 4 x 100 m 4 medley (4'00 "83)

World Championship swimming 2001 in Fukuoka Japan

gold medal in 100 m backstroke (1'00 "37)
silver medal in the 4 x 100 m freestyle (4'01 "81)
bronze medal in 50 m backstroke (28"54)
Considering that they spelled her name wrong I have a hard time taking their figures/statistics seriously.


Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Tweet Aggregator

a good Tweet Aggregator is Tweetdeck, comes highly recommended

a visit from NASA

Thank you Shamus Young
Apologies Demanded
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Makes me wish all that stuff I have on space rockets for today was not in draft mode.m

Michigan Dept of Corrections releases sex offenders by mistake

State Representative Rick Jones (Republican, Grand Ledge) released the following on his Facebook page in the past 70 minutes. I promise no updates as the situation continues. As usual I blame the Democrats.

Rick Jones Today I discovered that the Michigan Department of Corrections has released 44 inmates from prison who are sex offenders. And they released them by MISTAKE.

Rick Jones
Rick Jones
I have made sure everyone in the state will know about it by tomorrow so that the releases will STOP. I also have personally called the director and demanded that they stop.

Rick Jones MDOC had 2 psychologists rating sex offenders for recidivism rates. They made a mistake with over 200 prison inmates. Now they are saying that 55 were released by MISTAKE. The Sheriff Departments are picking them up for the State.

Michael DeRyder
Michael DeRyder
That wouldn't fly in Eaton County. The title of Sheriff in Eaton county has had some impeccable individuals hold that post! =)

Rick Jones
Rick Jones
One of the inmates was picked up in Charlotte

Rick Jones MDOC told me that 44 sex offenders had been released from prison by mistake. Then they told the Detroit Free Press 55. Now we have reports that they are admitting to 62! There is NO excuse for releasing a sex offender by mistake.

will the rule of three come in threes?

Rule of Three no. 1 - Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson

Rule of Three no. 2 - Billy Mays, Fred Travalena, Karl Malden

I expect three more famous people dead for a total of nine by July 12th

Canada Day

Happy Canada Day

Since this is Canada's version of our Independence Day, I point to an old article excoriating the other North American anglo-descendant country.

Christmas in July

I hate this stupid trick gimmick to sell crap and hold sales in the middle of the summer. From a commercial standpoint it makes sense, because apparently "just because" or our nation's Independence Day does not quite work.

For me I will simply use it as an excuse for a Star Wars pun comic.

Al Franken definitively and legally defeats Norm Coleman

FNC Alert BREAKING NEWS 6/30/2009 2:12 PM

FNC Alert BREAKING NEWS 6/30/2009 4:24 PM

That the people of Minnesota voted for that ex-funny comedian to represent them as their US Senator does not change the basic essential nature of the United States Senate when it comes to voting blocs or resulting politics.

On the other hand, if Conservatives did seek to eventually establish a majority within the US Senate, or even allow politically Conservative Minnesotans to be adequately represented from the state to that particular federal legislative house, then it would have been a better assertion and protection of candidate principle if Senator Coleman had fought a better campaign up until November 2008. I am certain people are asserting that the Democrats stole this election but given the make-up of the Senate now I cannot say that I care. If I was to dictate expenditures for a Conservative majority voting bloc in the Senate then this matters.

some Facebook "Favorite" Quotations

Some quotes located on Facebook, but accurate as I understand them.
"If you have not accomplished every single thing then you have not accomplished anything." -- Red Whitaker

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares about more than his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." -- John Stuart Mill

"The heart of man is deceitful without cure, who can understand it" -- Jeremiah 17:9

"There is a right and wrong in the Universe, and the distinction is not hard to make"

"I want to die peacefully, in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming, terrified, like his passengers."

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” -- 1 Samuel 16:7

"Everywhere, unthinking mobs of 'independent thinkers' wield tired cliches like cudgels, pummeling those who dare question 'enlightened' dogma. If 'violence never solved anything,' cops wouldn't have guns and slaves may never have been freed. If it's better that 10 guilty men go free to spare one innocent, why not free 100 or 1,000,000? Cliches begin arguments, they don't settle them." -- Jonah Goldberg

"Sometimes it is better to be known for one's enemies!"

"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball."

"There is no try."

"Writing about politics is usually miserable, pointless, and time-consuming. It would be just as productive for me to sit by the road, giving the finger to people with the wrong bumperstickers." -- Shamus Young

"Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends!"
The above were copied from mine and I did not find them on Facebook, but source them from a variety of other places. For example, Jonah Goldberg's quote about cliches was created for a coffee cup series that Starbucks created for conversation pieces. Most of them I leave for others to guess where I got them, especially as I thought that attributing the phrases/quotes/statements on Facebook itself would rob from their own dignity, standing, and distract from their respective crucial truths. Creating context in the "Favorite Quotations" section on Facebook is tempting but never demanded nor really useful given the audience. I have no need to avoid those burdens on my own venue here.

These come from Dana Ritterbusch. She is quite young, very smart, and very attractive.
"Dana, you are grade A ass real estate."
"Why do these straight edge people keep joining faire cast?? Just stay at Discovery Zone where you belong!"
"I think the ball is always intended for me, they might not throw it directly to me, but if you're in my area, it's my ball.
- Champ Bailey
"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"
-Barry Goldwater
"If Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella had a love child, you would definitely be it."
"A kiss that is never tasted is forever and ever wasted."
-Billie Holiday
"Women love danger, if they could they would date a fire."
"Some people throw in the towel. Real champions hang it back up."
-Sesame Street
"Love is the only game never postponed due to darkness."
"This is our culture -- fight for it.
This is our flag -- pick it up.
This is our country -- take it back."
- Congressman Tom Tancredo
"You're only given a speck of madness. You mustn't lose it."
-Robin Williams
"There is no God. Only Staph!" - Kyla Andrew
"That's the beauty of argument, if you argue correctly, you're never wrong."
-Nick Naylor, Thank You For Smoking
"Which way is the train going?" -Dana
"North like a little bitch!!" -Kayla
"God will not look your over for medals,
degrees or diplomas, but for scars."
-Elbert Hubbard
"Taken out of context I must seem so strange."
-Ani DiFranco
"Let's look death in the face and say 'whatever man'."
-Hurley, LOST Season 3
She followed her Congressman Tom Tancredo even into the Presidential Primary campaigns, I presume. I know not if she followed his endorsement of MItt Romney for President, but I doubt it.

The following are taken from Joe Townsend, whose politics mirror mine in many ways, but his assertions and choice of time use is often wiser e.g. he speaks less so people take him more seriously.
"Those guys are so liberal with that call they must be in the socialist party" - Mickey Redmond commenting on an icing call during the Red Wings and Panthers game, 11/14/08

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." - H.L. Mencken
"Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs have in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered. It's not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they? It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights -- the "right" to education, the "right" to health care, the "right" to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery -- hay and a barn for human cattle." - P.J. O'Rourke
One of the consequences of such notions as "entitlements" is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.
-Thomas Sowell
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
-C.S. Lewis
The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive
-Thomas Sowell
"Compassion is no substitute for justice."
"...There's no such thing as a good gun. There's no such thing as a bad gun. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a very dangerous thing. A gun in the hands of a good person is no danger to anyone except the bad guys..."
"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it."
- President Thomas Jefferson
"All of us need to be reminded that the Federal Government did not create the States; the States created the Federal Government."
- President Ronald Reagan
"[Taxes pay for] everything! Policemen, trees, sunshine. And let's not forget the folks who just don't feel like workin', God bless 'em!"
- Ned Flanders
"Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have ... The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases."
- President Thomas Jefferson
Nowhere at present is there such a measureless loathing of their country by educated people as in America
-Eric Hoffer
A ruling intelligentsia, whether in Europe, Asia or Africa, treats the masses as raw material to be experimented on, processed, and wasted at will
-Eric Hoffer
...mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent...
-Adam Smith
There is no safety for honest men but by believing all possible evil of evil men.
-Edmund Burke
Thomas Sowell purportedly is often attributed for that CS Lewis quote as he quotes CS Lewis those words. Mr. Townsend does not repeat that error. (Joe Townsend supported Senator Fred Thompson's bid for US President, as did I).

I feel the temptation to wipe the quotes clean from my page and simply replace them with CS Lewis's, likely with the fullest context I have quickly available.

The following is from Lindsey Michele Houser's Facebook page.
" Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action."

-The Bible, 1 John 3:18 NRSV
I will not assert the context or raise dispute based on context but the message as taken straightforward is a fair summary of a Christian's mission and could perhaps be taken as an indictment of certain folk. It certainly denies the notion of "love" as an emotion. I cannot tell what version of the Bible it is from. Three versions of that same verse can be found here.

The following is from my friend and fellow former activist Dennis Bentley.
"If we lose this war, history will record with the greatest astonishment, that those who had the most to lose, did the least to prevent it from happening."
-Ronald Reagan

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."
- Henry Ford

“I don’t care what mindless puppet they put on the throne of England so long as I control the money.”
-Nathan Rothschild

"When you boys come home and see an anti war protester walk up to him and shake his hand and be very polite, and then turn to his girlfriend and wink, because she knows she is dating a pussy."
-General Tommy Franks

“I look at Governor Romney, Mayor Giuliani, my good friend John McCain. Governor Romney joined with Bill Clinton for the 1994 gun ban when I was fighting that. Mayor Giuliani stood with them at the White House on that. Governor Romney has passed what I consider to be a major step towards socialism with respect to his mandated health care bill. John McCain is standing strong with Ted Kennedy on this Kennedy-McCain-Bush border enforcement bill. I think the guy who has got the most influence right here with these three gentlemen is Ted Kennedy. And I think we need to move away from the Kennedy-wing of the Republican Party.”
-Representative Duncan Hunter, Presidential Candidate 2008, at the NH Debate

“There is an old saying which I learned from the coach at Ohio State (Woody Hayes) and that was, 'when people start saying a lot of nice things about you, look out!'”
-Bo Schembechler commenting on his upset over the 1969 Buckeyes
Duncan Hunter's turn of phrase regarding Governor Mitt Romney, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Senator John McCain (who unfortunately ended up as the Republican Presidential candidate for 2008) has the ring of truth. While he may be speaking broadly his assessment of the three men is more-or-less accurate. The former Governor of Massachusetts and the former Mayor of New York are both products and reflections of the political culture of their respective former constituencies. New York City is a Sanctuary City; Mayor Giuliani is a member of the New York Liberal Party; Massachusetts elected and continues to elect John Kerry as their Junior Senator and has elected Ted Kennedy to his post in the US Senate continuously even after the lake incident. I rant because Mitt Romney attempted a run to the left of Ted Kennedy on issues. Senator McCain simply is independent in his American Progressive beliefs. Never mind the details and contexts right now.

It is fitting that Dennis Bentley supported Duncan Hunter for US President in 2008, right until the bitter end.

This is the only time, with General Franks' quote, that I knowledgeably print or reprint a certain level of profanity or vulgarity on this weblog.

Only with proper opportunity will a follow-up to all of this occur.

Detroit Tigers Postgame - Detroit at Oakland 2009-06-30

Detroit Tigers Postgame Alert
June 30, 2009

Detroit 5, Oakland 3 at Oakland Coliseum
Detroit Record: (43-34)
Oakland Record: (32-44)

Winning pitcher - Armando Galarraga (5-7)
Losing pitcher - Gio Gonzalez (0-2)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
DET 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
5 12 2
OAK 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
3 5 1

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