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What’s Up — 2008 Collage

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving morning. Atempting to learn how to create graphics and wondering what is going on in the world.  Take a look at my What’s Up collage.  (Note: The intent here is current news and issues.  Obama being in the graphic is not negative. It just happens to be news we have a new president in desperate times)

What's up in the world...

Some of the items represented in the What’s Up collage…

  • United States Flag
  • Darfur Sudan
  • AIG
  • CitiBank, CitiCorp
  • Lehman Brothers
  • Ford
  • Chrysler
  • General Motors, GM
  • Big 3 Auto Manufacturers
  • President-elect Barack Obama
  • Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez
  • North Korea’s Kim Jong
  • Iran’s Mahmoud Ahadinejad
  • Somali Pirates
  • Oil Rigs – go green
  • Smoke, polution — Global Warming
  • Russia’s Vladimir Putin
  • Osama bin Laden
  • Dollars representing the economy and Wall Street

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NY Jets vs Tennessee Titans – another broken heart – not

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 23, 2008

(It’s 2 hours before the start of the Jets / Titans game…)

A Jets fans broken heart

A Jets fans broken heart

We, Jet fans have been waiting for a long time for a championship.  As Jet fans we get excited time after time only to have our hearts broken (time after time.) We have learned to be cautiously optimistic as a defense mechanism.

Today is the day we finally get our due.  Last week we beat the Patriots. This week we will beat the Titans. (It would be interesting if the Jets wore their Titans uniforms today ;>) )

How did we get here?

The Jets organization did a great job in the off season. They improved their offensive line.  They improved their defensive line.  Of course there is also the Favre deal.  But the Favre deal was icing on the cake. They improved the foundation of the team before Favre was in the picture.

Realistically, the Jets can win today. They will win today. Yeah, the Jets WILL win today. (It’s still hard to convince myself.)

(original photo ericmchicago.files.wordpress.com)

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Obama, Hope

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 22, 2008

Hope.

Hope for the United States and the world

Hope for the United States and the world

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Of course, President Bush had a cold ;>)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 20, 2008

So President Bush did the right thing. Before he went to the G20 Summit, he let the other world leaders know he had a cold. And of course, none of the other leaders would shake his hand and risk getting sick. Yeah, that’s it… ;>)

… As it turns out, President Bush had already had greeted, shook hands, and hugged these people earlier in the day. CNN pointed this out the morning of 11.21.08. The CNN Anchor in this video was way off base.

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CitiGroup (C) to pay $400 million for naming rights to NY Mets Stadium

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 20, 2008

This is not new news.
CitiGroup has committed $20 million per year for the next 20 years ($400 million total) to have their name on the NY Mets Stadium. (Please see Citi Field.)

Shea Stadium and Citi Field

Shea Stadium and Citi Field

At the time of the deal, it may have seemed like an expensive buy acceptable idea for the decisionmakers.

With the current environment of CitiCorp (and other banks) in potential failure (See C) and its stock down to $6.40 today (11.20.08 open), perhaps this deal should be “undone”.

If CitiCorp and the NY Mets care at all about their patrons and fans, they will each agree to cancel the deal. In this climate, it is simply the right thing to do.

(photo en.wikipedia.org) Thanks Bob.

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Obama, Biden, Clinton, and Michelle Obama on their way to Washington

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 18, 2008

This is a great picture. Hopefully they can help change the direction of the country. Please!

Obama Biden Clinton on their way

Obama Biden Clinton Michelle Obama on their way

(photo credit unknown — recvd in an email)

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The UFC / MMA, Brock Lesnar, Randy Couture

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 16, 2008

The UFC is taking some risks.  Up until now there has not been the hype of such charades as the WWE.

The UFC athletes give the appearances they are average Joes.  Real people.  The skilled athlete, not necessarily the biggest or most aggressive, wins.  The guy who has a strategy and keeps his wits about him, wins.

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Brock Lesnar winning the UFC Heavyweight Championship was bad for the UFC.  Lesnar is an incredible athlete and he happens to be 280 lbs.  NCAA Champion. A Freak. Who wanted him to win?  He had 50 lbs on Couture. He he was over 10 years younger.  He also doesn’t have a fraction of Couture’s MMA skills.

So Lesnar won.  He caught Couture with and elbow.  It would have been better if Couture had submitted Lesnar.  It would have shown actual skill versus brute force.

A part of the attraction of UFC / MMA is the “idea” that the skilled athlete will beat the “big bully”. Frank Mir beating Lesnar was the perfect example of this concept.  (Perhaps when the UFC grows, they should have a super-heavyweight class. Lesnar is simply too much larger than everyone else… except for Kimbo Slice…  )

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Here’s the second and final round of the Lesnar / Couture fight.

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Life – How true it is – a little chuckle

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 16, 2008

For those of you who have not gone through the Fun Photos section of TopOfTheThread here is one of my favorites.

Simple. A good chuckle. True.

(photo i260.photobucket.com)

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Special Interest Groups, Stadiums, and Arenas

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 12, 2008

Being an avid sports fan, I still find it peculiar hearing the sponsored names of arenas and stadiums.

Names like Minute Maid Park, Lincoln Financial Field and Ameriquest Field simply don’t sound right.

But it made me think of where this can lead.

I am waiting for special interest groups to take some of their funds and participate in the fun. They certainly seem to have plenty of money…

Can you imagine these venues?

  • Obama For Change Stadium ( He had enough money to do this!)
  • PETA Pavillion (No rodeos here)
  • Stop The War Arena
  • Proposition 8 Fieldhouse
  • Off Shore Drilling Is OK Garden
  • Illegal Immigration is Wrong Park

I know this seems ridiculous but a special interest group will eventually sponsor a stadium.

Please take a look a a sampling of the stadium names and the prices sponsors are paying:

stadium-jpg-costs1

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Electoral College – Electoral Votes – The New Plan for 2012

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 4, 2008

(Yes, I know everyone should vote… everyone’s vote counts,… etc…) electoral_college

I live in New York. I vote in New York. New York votes Democrat (with or without me). ...So if I vote for Obama, New York’s 31 Electoral Votes go to Obama. If I vote for McCain, well, New York’s 31 Electoral Votes still go to Obama.

Let’s get everyone voting. Let everyone feel their vote counted; Every last vote mattered.

Here’s the new plan…

  • If a candidate gets 57% or more of the popular vote in the state, the candidate will get 100% of the state’s electoral votes.
  • If a candidate gets less than 57% of the popular vote in the state, the candidate will get 80% of the state’s electoral votes.

This plan will (a) have states without a dominant preference, contributing 80% of its electoral votes to the candidate  and 20% to the other candidate, and (b) states with dominant preferences (greater than 57%) will have all of their electoral votes given to the candidate.

From a psychological perspective, let’s look at my situation of living in New York. (In each scenario I realize NY is an Obama state.)

  • Scenario (a): If I plan on voting for Obama, I rush out and vote hoping to contribute to New York awarding 100% of the electoral votes to Obama.
  • Scenario (b): If I plan on voting for McCain, I rush out and vote hoping that I can contribute to New York only contributing 80% of the electoral votes to Obama. (and 20% to McCain).

Hypothetically, if Obama gets 55% of the NY popular vote, he would get 24.8 electoral votes and McCain would get 6.2 votes. (Yes, we need to account for fractions and the point there is more than 2 candidates… plus other details.)

Interesting idea?  This plan keeps the electoral college process in place but also accounts for the popular vote. It also has everyone feeling their vote does count.
(photo nationalpopularvote.com)

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