Archive for January, 2010

30
Jan
10

President Obama is taking on the BCS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering several steps that would review the legality of the controversial Bowl Championship Series, the Justice Department said in a letter Friday to a senator who had asked for an antitrust review.

In the letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch, obtained by The Associated Press, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote that the Justice Department is reviewing Hatch’s request and other materials to determine whether to open an investigation into whether the BCS violates antitrust laws.

“Importantly, and in addition, the administration also is exploring other options that might be available to address concerns with the college football postseason,” Weich wrote, including asking the Federal Trade Commission to review the legality of the BCS under consumer protection laws.

Several lawmakers and many critics want the BCS to switch to a playoff system, rather than the ratings system it uses to determine the teams that play in the championship game.

“The administration shares your belief that the current lack of a college football national championship playoff with respect to the highest division of college football … raises important questions affecting millions of fans, colleges and universities, players and other interested parties,” Weich wrote.

Weich made note of the fact that President Barack Obama, before he was sworn in, had stated his preference for a playoff system. In 2008, Obama said he was going to “to throw my weight around a little bit” to nudge college football toward a playoff system, a point that Hatch stressed when he urged Obama last fall to ask the department to investigate the BCS.

Weich said that other options include encouraging the NCAA to take control of the college football postseason; asking a governmental or non-governmental commission to review the costs, benefits and feasibility of a playoff system; and legislative efforts aimed at prompting a switch to a playoff system.

Weich noted that several undefeated teams have not had a chance to play for the national championship, including TCU and Boise State this year and Utah last year.

“This seemingly discriminatory action with regard to revenues and access have raised questions regarding whether the BCS potentially runs afoul of the nation’s antitrust laws,” he wrote.

Hatch, a Utah Republican, was steamed that his home state team was deprived of getting a chance to play for the title last year.

“I’m encouraged by the administration’s response,” he said in a statement. “I continue to believe there are antitrust issues the administration should explore, but I’m heartened by its willingness to consider alternative approaches to confront the tremendous inequities in the BCS that favor one set of schools over others. The current system runs counter to basic fairness that every family tries to instill in their children from the day they are born.”

Under the BCS, the champions of six conference have automatic bids to play in top-tier bowl games, while the other conferences don’t. Those six conferences also receive more money than the other conferences, although the BCS announced this week that the ones that don’t have automatic bids will receive a record $24 million from this year’s bowl games.

Bill Hancock, executive director of the BCS, said that officials there would need more time to review the letter before commenting on it. He did say, “We’re confident that the BCS structure complies with the laws of the country.”

“The consensus of the schools is to go with the BCS,” Hancock added. “We feel strongly the people in higher education are the people best equipped to manage college football.”

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29
Jan
10

Article: Scott Roeder found guilty of aborting George Tiller

My friend (and one of the most innovative and Biblical voices in the pro-life movement), Bryan Kemper, wrote a blog post about the conviction of Scott Roeder and this story from beginning to now:

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It only took 37 minutes for the jury to convict Scott Roeder of aborting George Tiller.  I am surprised it took that long.  I was also kind of in shock (but shouldn’t have been considering some of his recent antics) to see our old pal Randall Terry making a mockery of pro-lifers outside the courthouse.  I have often written about the difference between Loving Compassionate Pro-life and Angry anti-abortion and Randall Terry is the perfect example of that.

You may wonder about me using the title “aborting George Tiller”, here is the piece I wrote the day after the shooting it might help explain it much better.

An Abortionist Was Aborted Yesterday – Stand True’s Response

Yesterday morning, abortionist George Tiller was aborted as he walked into his church. Someone decided to take the law into their own hands and abort him for what he has done to thousands of innocent little baby boys and girls.

Stand True does not believe in aborting abortionists and denounces this violent act. Answering the violence of abortion with more violence will not serve the babies or help the pro-life movement in any way. We are praying for the family of George Tiller and those in his church while he was shot. We know that healing can come through Jesus and pray those involved in the abortion industry will turn to Christ.

I am sure some of you are trying to figure out why I would be so insensitive as to use the term “aborted” when referring to the murder of George Tiller. I wonder of those who think I am being insensitive are also people who would be mad when I use the term “murdered” when talking about babies who are aborted? In all reality I am being very sensitive to the abortion industry by saying he was aborted, since that is the term they like to use to describe the taking of a life.

While this may sound very sarcastic, I am truly saddened by yesterday’s events. However I am also saddened that yesterday, 4,000 babies were also murdered. I am saddened that today, 4,000 babies will be murdered. I am saddened that tomorrow, 4,000 babies will be murdered.

I am saddened that the news media will not be reporting on the horrific fate of those 4,000 innocent babies who are just as human as and deserving of the same protection as George Tiller.

I am saddened that the police who so diligently searched for and apprehended the man who aborted George Tiller; are the same police who protect the men and women who abort little baby boys and girls.

I listened to commentators talking on the news about how we need to “tone down” our rhetoric to avoid violence. What they refuse to see is that our rhetoric is crying out against violence, the violence of child killing. We are the ones who are trying to bring an end to violence and 4,000 murders a day.

I have seen what happens is the past when an abortionist is aborted, the pro-life movement seems to shy away from action. I have seen people drop out of the movement and back away from getting involved.

If anything, we need to step up our fight against violence and the killing of human persons. What yesterday showed us is that hearts have been hardened to life and we must shine the light of Christ and Hope into this dark world even brighter then ever.

I urge all of you who believe in the sanctity of human life to stay focused. Do not let this despicable act of cowardice sway you from standing up and being a voice for the babies. I know things will be tough, as people will judge us just for being associated with pro- life. We must reiterate that the abortion of George Tiller was not a pro-life act, just as the murder of 4,000 children a day are not pro- life acts.

As for using the term “aborted” when referring to the death of George Tiller. I will stop using that term when the pro-abortion industry starts calling abortion “homicide”, which is what it is. I am simply using their own term to describe the taking of a human life; they should have no problem with it.

For Christ I Stand,
Bryan Kemper – bryankemper@standtrue.com

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You can read more posts from Bryan Kemper here: bryankemper.wordpress.com

29
Jan
10

Man proposes to girlfriend in movie theater by producing a movie trailer about them!

How can a guy ever top this?

29
Jan
10

Another Cincinnati Bengal gets arrested. This time for drunk driving…

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Police in northern Kentucky arrested Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga early Friday on charges of drunken and careless driving.

Covington police spokesman Spike Jones says Maualuga allegedly hit a parking meter and two parked cars, causing minor damage, with his 2003 Pontiac vehicle.

The 23-year-old player was being held without bond at Kenton County Jail and no attorney was listed for him.The Bengals’ 2009 second-round draft choice from Southern Cal started the first 15 games of his rookie season before breaking his left ankle.

A Bengals spokesman declined comment.Spokesman Jack Brennan says the club believed it’s not appropriate to comment on cases that are unresolved.

29
Jan
10

Kinda cool that someone I know from my drumline days now has their own stick line from Vic Firth

I played percussion with Andrew back in my drum line days and Andrew’s dad Wayne was my band director!

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Vic Firth introduces Andrew Markworth Series
January 29, 2010

Boston, MA. November 2009 – Vic Firth Inc., the world’s largest and leading manufacturer of drumsticks and mallets, is proud to introduce the Andrew Markworth Corpsmaster® Signature Keyboard Mallets.

As an instructor, arranger, composer and show designer, Andrew Markworth burst onto the marching percussion scene at a very young age! His talents have been showcased with some of the very best ensembles within the DCI, WGI and BOA arenas. Most recently, his design and instruction helped propel the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps to a silver medal finish at the 2009 DCI World Championships.

“My goal with this mallet series was to create maximum sound projection while maintaining a dark tone quality,” states Markworth. “We now have a series that creates a big, natural sound from the front ensemble that will carry all the way to the press box. Anyone looking to improve the maturity of sound and presence of their mallet section will surely do so with these new mallets!”

The new Markworth Signature Series features 6 models — 3 for marimba and 3 for vibraphone. The marimba mallets feature large birch shafts (11/32″ diameter) for increased articulation and sound projection. 100% synthetic yarn with double-stitching provides maximum durability and weather resistance. The vibe mallets feature thick rattan shafts and are also wrapped in 100% synthetic yarn for added warmth to the sound with maximum durability and weather resistance.

Marimba
M230 Soft. Produces many overtones from the low register. Great combination of warmth and clarity.
L = 16 3/4”, MSRP = $50.00

M231 Medium. Warm sound with clarity in all registers. L = 16 3/4”, MSRP = $50.00
M232 Hard. Articulate and bold with great tone. L = 16 3/4”, MSRP = $50.00

Vibraphone
M233 Soft. Clear response. Projection and vibrant sound in the low register. L = 16”, MSRP = $63.00
M234 Medium. Full and clear sound in all ranges of the instrument. L = 16”, MSRP = $63.00
M235 Hard. Huge sound! Very clear articulation without glassy sound. L = 16”, MSRP = $63.00

Andrew adds “Having the opportunity to design and test this series with our Carolina Crown pit really helped me fine tune these products. They truly represent the quality I personally look for and can confidently use with my ensembles! Vic Firth provided complete freedom for design concepts while offering great ideas and input at the same time. This is a company that understands all aspects of the marching activity and stops at nothing to make sure that quality comes first.”

For more information, please visit www.vicfirth.com; phone: 617-364-6869; fax: 617-364-2571

28
Jan
10

Looking for some Savannah area businesses, media outlets and bloggers to help promote a community event!

Invisible Children, non-profit film organization, has included a stop in Savannah on it’s “Legacy Tour”. This tour features a new film about the 30,000+ child soldiers in east Africa who have been abducted and forced into battle by Joseph Kony and his rebel army. This tour also features real Ugandans who have been affected by the war who will speak in person about their experiences and answer any questions. The event is on March 21 and it will be at The Lake Church on the southside of Savannah (50 Al Henderson Blvd).

Here are a couple videos about the tour:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQ_4vC-_3gc

http://vimeo.com/8271057

Basically we just need/want help promoting it. This event is free and any money donated and all monies from merchandise purchases at the event go straight to Invisible Children. We have no budget for ads or promotion so we are looking for some compassionate people to donate air-time, to write and air/print a news story or blog about the event, to donate space in a window for a flyer, or to donate a banner-ad space on a blog or website for the event. We have videos, clips from the documentary, graphics, and all of that ready to go. We can even get you phone interviews with the Invisible Children staff or the Ugandans visiting before they arrive in Savannah. You can interview them in person on that Sunday when they are in town (they will be available in the afternoon).

What’s in it for you? Honestly… not much. Like I said we can’t pay for any of this promotion because we don’t have any money for it. Basically in return for whatever you do we could help promote your business/blog/media-outlet via our facebook pages, we can put a link or small ad on a program we’ll pass out at the event, and you could possibly even set up a table that night at the event with information on your business or organization. Plus your act of promotion will show the community you care about local events and international issues.

For more information check out the official facebook event page here:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=252548487174

You can contact me via my cell at 937-287-9845 or email me at brian@shiftcreative.org

28
Jan
10

The “God Hates Fags” church plans to picket at Twitter’s HQ

Reverend Fred Phelps’s Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Twitter’s San Francisco offices tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. PST. The Kansas-based church is picketing because it believes that “the people who run Twitter … don’t use their position & voice to warn a generation of rebels of the consequences of their rebellion.”

The church knows how to get attention. It has been hit with a tsunami of criticism for picketing military funerals and waving signs that say things like “God Hates Fags” while claiming that America deserves its military losses because of its sins. Westboro even runs a website at www.godhatesfags.com. Members will also be protesting several Jewish organizations — including the Anti-Defamation League — in the hours leading up to its visit to Twitter (Twitter).

The church members will be tweeting about the Twitter HQ picketing rally as it happens. Don’t be too quick to point out the irony on that. The Westboro schedule says: “Now that should get interesting, WBC member(s) Tweeting as they picket outside Twitter, Inc. Won’t a black hole or something open in the space/time vortex?”

Remember: The church is neither protesting Twitter itself nor decrying it as a tool of human communication. Rather, it’s picketing the HQ because the bigwigs at the company aren’t using their places of power and influence to spread the word about the sins Westboro believes people commit and their expected consequences.

Presumably picketing Twitter will also get them some web and social media exposure. The old “all press is good press” idiom doesn’t apply in this case, though; the exposure they’re seeking will probably just draw more ire and lead to more marginalization.

[via ReadWriteWeb]




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