Archive for April 6th, 2007

Just Because.

I don’t like pro wrestling at all, but this is just too hilarious…
Donald Trump slaps Vince McMahon.
Donald Trump clotheslines and pummels Vince McMahon, then shaves his head.
Stone Cold Steve Austin drops Trump.

It’s like watching some kind of alternate universe…

April 6th, 2007 at 06:49pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Wankers,Weirdness

News Flash: Cheney Still Dishonest, Feith Still Stupid

This surprises… no-one:

Vice President Dick Cheney repeated his assertions of al-Qaida links to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq on Thursday as the Defense Department released a report citing more evidence that the prewar government did not cooperate with the terrorist group.

Cheney contended that al-Qaida was operating in Iraq before the March 2003 invasion led by U.S. forces and that terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was leading the Iraqi branch of al-Qaida. Others in al-Qaida planned the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

”He took up residence there before we ever launched into Iraq, organized the al-Qaida operations inside Iraq before we even arrived on the scene and then, of course, led the charge for Iraq until we killed him last June,” Cheney told radio host Rush Limbaugh during an interview. ”As I say, they were present before we invaded Iraq.”

However, a declassified Pentagon report released Thursday said that interrogations of the deposed Iraqi leader and two of his former aides as well as seized Iraqi documents confirmed that the terrorist organization and the Saddam government were not working together before the invasion.

No kidding. Their lack of cooperatiom should not be surprising, considering that Zarqawi was based in the Kurdish No-Fly Zone, where he was effectively beyond Saddam’s reach. (I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that Rush did not ask why the Bush administration passed on their opportunities to take such a Scary Evil Terrorist out before the war…)

The report, which had been released in summary form in February, said that former Pentagon policy chief Douglas J. Feith had acted inappropriately but not illegally in reviewing prewar intelligence. Levin has claimed that Feith’s intelligence assessment was wrong and distorted but nevertheless formed part of the basis on which President Bush took the country to war.

Although Feith’s assessment in mid-2002 offered several examples of cooperation between Saddam’s government and al-Qaida, the report said, the CIA had concluded months earlier that no evidence supported the existence of significant or long-term relationships.

The CIA is completely unreliable because they don’t pray enough, and therefore miss out on all the divine intelligence that BushCo. is privy to.

6 comments April 6th, 2007 at 11:50am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Cheney,Iraq,Politics,Republicans,Wankers,War

V For Venditte

Oh, this is way cool:

The pitch was nothing remarkable: Pat Venditte, Creighton University’s temporarily right-handed pitcher, threw a fastball past a Northern Iowa batter for a called strike three. It was his next windup that evinced this young pitcher’s uniqueness and, perhaps, professional future.

As his teammates whipped the ball around the infield, Venditte smoothly, unthinkingly, removed his custom glove from his left hand and slipped it on his right. Moments later he leaned back, threw a strike left-handed to the next batter, and finished the side in order.

Venditte is believed to be the only ambidextrous pitcher in N.C.A.A. Division I college baseball, the ultimate relief specialist. A junior, he throws left-handed to lefties and right-handed to righties, and effectively. In a home game in Omaha last Friday, he allowed only one hit in five and a third shutout innings to earn the victory against Northern Iowa.

Because neither arm was particularly tired afterward, Venditte also pitched in both games of Creighton’s doubleheader against Northern Iowa two days later, retiring the only batter he faced (left-handed) in the first game and then tossing a shutout inning (pitching both ways) in the nightcap. He also pitched two innings, alternating arms, in Tuesday’s game against archrival Nebraska. Venditte (pronounced ven-DEH-tee) has a fine 3.29 earned run average in 18 appearances this season.


Venditte is smoothly proficient from both sides. His deliveries are not mirror images of each other: as a right-hander he throws over the top and relatively hard, up to 91 miles an hour, with a tumbling curveball; as a left-hander, he relies on a whip-like sidearm delivery and a biting slider.


The Bluejays use Venditte as a long reliever so that he can be deployed at any point in any game. In the Northern Iowa game last Friday, for example, Venditte quelled a third-inning rally and then, facing a lineup that alternated its lefty and righty hitters, calmly switched throwing arms 10 times in the next five innings and allowed no runs and only one single. (Pitch limits are looser with Venditte because he shares the workload between his arms.)

Not only is that physically impressive, but it has to require some serious focus to be able to switch throwing arms at a moment’s notice, and not be at all disoriented. Be sure to check out the video of him switch-pitching here.

Interestingly, Mets closer Billy Wagner started out as a righthander, until he broke his pitching arm and taught himself to throw lefty. Now he throws 100 MPH with the wrong hand. Oy.

April 6th, 2007 at 11:38am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Sports,Weirdness

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from the Zero Mostel classic, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum:

What luck! There was a mare sweating not two streets from here!

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s cats with mysterious powers over the canine community…

April 6th, 2007 at 07:04am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

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