Mitchell Report Unused Evidence

It has not been widely reported at all but one piece of evidence obtained but not quoted or used in the Mitchell report was an old MLB yearbook of José Canseco's. Here are some of the messages written in it's pages and cover:

"Stay cool and don't do drugs! -ARod"
"It'll be a long winter but I'll see you at Robert Downey's parties! -Lennie D"
"For me it doesn't really matter what you stick in your @$$! -Mikey P"

That's just a few and the rest are just a damning but were deemed too circumstantial. Go figure...


Whoa! Who's This?

Ever since I switched from Yahoo! services to Google I've been a bit disappointed with the news headlines that I can get on my home page. One that I do appreciate however is the RSS feed from the Deseret Morning News. They're a local paper owned by the LDS church so there is a low of articles related to the church (no capitalization here).

I really liked this article here about a speech given at BYU recently by Dan Robinson. The sentiment is dead on and he's not even a Mormon. Then, as I usually do, I checked out the top stories that are always linked to on the DMN pages and found this. While I understand the general lack of knowledge about the LDS church this douche bag (a term of endearment I can assure) Lawrence O'Donnell goes off spouting enough half truths to sell me a Rainbow vacuum. I realize that controversy sells but looking like an idiot is just embarrassing.

It reminds me of another article from the DMN posted online recently where author Orson Scott Card points out how most people feel the same way Mormons believe about the nature of The Godhead and that usually you have to find a theological scholar before someone believes that The Godhead is like "an egg". (No disrespect intended but that is the term used to explain it to me; one egg but three separate parts.)

I always figured it was best to understand what someone believes before saying you know. I served an LDS missions and I had a previous edition of The Handbook Of Denominations. It is essentially an explanation of what religions believe but the source materials were gathered directly from the religious institutions themselves and then distilled into what is contained in the book. A novel idea to get information from the source but in this case it works.

Smelling Death?

Sci-Fi has an article about a cast member for the forthcoming show "The Sarah Connor Chronicles". Now I realize there's an exception for what I am about to say but that may not even be a true exception. What has Garret Dillahunt been in that has succeeded on the air? It also has Summer Glau and that is the second nail in this coffin. The show may turn out to be good and popular but based on the casting alone I'm not hopeful.

Critics will say that both of these actors have been in The 4400 (and psychics will point out that I watch this show when it is on) but that show is circling the drain. Yes, the show received an Emmy nod for it's original run but if it really is that good it would have gotten at least one more since then. It's juts not that good any more.

Do They Know?

I set up a Christmas mix on my iPod shuffle (the sexiest player that will sync on a Mac) and as I was listening to "Do They Know It's Christmas" song (I have the original and the New Coke versions on there as well as several covers) I got to thinking is this what everyone wants? I mean most of us just want to celebrate the holiday season and the giving that comes with the season (this is the short version of a long discussion) but why aren't more people fighting over what the people in Africa should know?

Does everyone want them to know it's Christmas or should we have more than one single. One wanting to know if the Africans know its Christmas. Another wanting to know if the Africans know its Hanukkah. And another wanting to know its Kwanzaa. Maybe even one from the Atheists wanting to know that they don't have to know its Christmas.

I'm only suggesting that we should make sure we're asking the right question or if everyone realizes that they might wish to rephrase the question they're asking. That's all.

No Win Scenario, Won

I've read (listened to) all of the Harry Potter books in the last 4 months or so (not something I'd recommend). They're not bad (not that I understand all of the midnight parties and such). But having "read" the books and seen the movies I can see how Warner Brothers has won the no win scenario.

I saw the first four movies before reading the books and found them fairly un-entertaining. What I mean to say is it was like watching a movie based on a book they tried to stick too closely too, which they are. The only movie adaptation(s) I've ever seen that were faithful and enjoyable were the Lord Of The Rings films and even then the more enjoyable versions were the extended ones on DVD.

After reading the books I'm annoyed by the liberties they've taken with the stories and the rush and incomplete versions they've put on the screen. But this is where WB wins. People that haven't read the books will go see the movies to see what all the fuss is about (and since they are gradually getting better, relatively) this group might keep returning. Those who have read the books will go see them, even if they weren't all gaga about them (like me) just to see how the two compare. With this formula they've ensured box office success.


I Might Make You Be Sorry

I've been paying some attention to the story about General Pace's comments. I think that it is interesting that in a time when political correctness demands acceptance of everyone's point of view that he is not allowed to express his view that he feels that other's views are immoral.

I don't know exactly how it was said or the context but this latest article I saw on USA Today seems to show that Gates might tell Pace that he better be sorry, or else.

In a circumstance like this is the person really ever sorry or just saying it? There is likely little difference between forcing Pace to apologize than there is for me to force my five-year-old to apologize for something. My five-year-old is going to learn something (although not immediately) as will Pace but neither will likely feel any different about this particular incident now or in the future.


White & Nerdy

I know this is old by now but Weird Al just pointed me in the direction of this really cool clip:


If Computers And Books Were Compared

Engadget posted this cool YouTube post of a funny video where a guy is confused about how to use a new book since he's so used to reading from scrolls.

Oh, Brother...

If the excuse this guy is claiming is true then he should have sought help before he was fired. Besides, even a drug addict would have been fired. Why should this be any different (or the same as this guy is claiming).


Is It Any Wonder?

I like Lost. I used to really like it but so far this season has been a bust. I understand that the network tried to do something new and this might have been abrupt for the writers and show runners but the experiment is failing. The first six episodes (the first "half" of the season, shown in October and November of 2006) were quite boring. They used six episodes to move one story along as far as it would have likely gotten had it been included with others, which they didn't.

So it comes a very little surprise to me to see that this last episode was the lowest rated episode of the show, so far. Not only that but I thought that whole episode was really quite boring. I really dislike the character of Charlie. Hurley was only in this episode for face time; he didn't really add anything (or do much for that matter). Then I was completely unimpressed with Desmond's story. What is that whole deja vu/visions of the future thing?


All The Good Candidates

I guess there are some good things about living in certain areas. It looks to me like one of the things you can get in Minnesota (outside of California, that is) are the best candidates to vote for.

What Do They Think?

The American auto industry has been lagging behind Asian importers (who even make their cars here in the US of A) since they started selling over here. They've resorted to selling their cars at rock bottom prices and now it comes as no surprise to me to see that not as many people are buying cars right now. People will always need cars but after glutting it seems that only people who really need them are buying now.

And We Should Believe You Because...?

I think Bush has cried "Wolf" once too often to have retained his credibility.

Paula Abdul Is Doing Crack, Evidently

This was just too good of a line to pass up commenting on. There is an article on USAToday.com where Paula Abdul is quoted as saying
I've never been drunk. I have never done recreational drugs," she says. "Just look at my 20-year career. Tell me someone who is into partying or doing drugs that could have done that."
Has she never heard of The Rolling Stones? The Beatles weren't around for 20 years but together or separately they have. What kind of a defense is that?


Heroes 360 ARG

Anyone else out there trying out the Heroes 360 Alternate Reality Game (ARG)? I got a text message directing me to go log in for a third profile at the Primatech Paper site but the password I was texted didn't work. I received "TSntz14b" (without quotes) but that didn't get me into anything I hadn't already accessed. Anyone know anything else?