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A Boston Hat Trick?
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/21/2007 23:08:11

Good Evening!

We've got two in the can already today.

The Patriots game was over in 5 minutes today, and they won going away, 49-28. Squish the Fish indeed!

There was a battle of the "Original Six" at The Vault today, and Da Broons took that one in dramatic fashion, winning with the last chance in a shootout, 1-0 over the Rangers.

Can the Sox finish the trifecta for New England today?

TIME: 08:00 P.M. EST
VENUE: Fenway Park

Probably Pitchers:

Boston:
http://images.sportsline.com/images/baseball/mlb/players/60x80/1145060.jpg

Daisuke Matsuzaka, 15-12, 4.40

Cleveland:
http://images.sportsline.com/images/baseball/mlb/players/60x80/44649.jpg

Jake Westbrook, 6-9, 4.32


We've been here before. October 20, 2004.
Will we see history repeat itself?

18 comments (Latest Comment: 10/22/2007 04:13:58 by livingonli)

ALCS Game 6
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/20/2007 20:48:27

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girs...

Welcome to the confines of Friendly Fenway Park, home of your BOSTON RED SOX!!

http://img.nytstore.com/IMAGES/NSAP568_LARGE.JPG


Let's play two!

TIME: 08:00 P.M. EST
VENUE: Fenway Park

Probable Pitchers

Boston:
http://images.sportsline.com/images/baseball/mlb/players/60x80/8052.jpg

Curt Schilling, 9-8, 3.87

Cleveland:
http://images.sportsline.com/images/baseball/mlb/players/60x80/533051.jpg

Fausto Carmona, 19-8, 3.06


I did post this story on the message board, but I can't resist referring to it again. This proves beyond a doubt that Red Sox Nation is the most superstitious fan base out there for any major sport.

The rumble enveloped Littleton, Mass., and dozens of nearby towns at 1:23 a.m. yesterday, a grating noise that witnesses said sounded like a truck crashing, a lumbering freight train, or a 747 buzzing 100 feet from the ground. As windows rattled and floors vibrated, people sat up in bed, dogs barked, and weary baseball fans awoke on couches with their televisions still flickering, wondering if the Red Sox had won.

"I thought, oh, my God, the furnace blew," said Ann Carey, 64, who was jarred from sleep in her Westford bedroom.

It was a 2.5-magnitude earthquake with an epicenter near Littleton Common. No injuries or damage were reported, but it rattled homes from Milton to Hollis, N.H. Another minor temblor shook the Merrimack Valley earlier this month.

The emergency switchboard lit up at the Littleton police station with reports of explosions and accidents on Interstate 495. "We had two people working the phones, and we still couldn't keep up," said Sergeant Robert Romilly.

A 0.9-magnitude aftershock followed at 6:04 a.m., said John Ebel, director of Boston College's Weston Observatory. There have been a dozen minor tremors near Littleton since the 1970s, with the last coming on Oct. 8, 2004, the day Red Sox slugger David Ortiz hit a 10th-inning home run during a championship playoff run. Is there a correlation?
[See? I told you so! - TriSec]

"One can only hope," Ebel said.


I'll be ready with my 'miracle radio'....how about you?



29 comments (Latest Comment: 10/22/2007 00:55:58 by velveeta jones)

Libertarian Saturday!
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/20/2007 13:01:24

Good Morning!

Well, I haven't done one of these in a while. Let's see what's going on...

You'd think with all the kerfuffle going on in the airport about shoes, and liquids, and carry-ons, and electronics, and everything else that a book is probably the least offensive and safest thing you could take on board. You'd be wrong. Watch out what you read; Uncle Sam wants to know!
"The U.S. government is collecting electronic records on the travel habits of millions of Americans who fly, drive or take cruises abroad, retaining data on the persons with whom they travel or plan to stay, the personal items they carry during their journeys, and even the books that travelers have carried, according to documents obtained by a group of civil liberties advocates and statements by government officials.

"The personal travel records are meant to be stored for as long as 15 years, as part of the Department of Homeland Security's effort to assess the security threat posed by all travelers entering the country."

That's right. Fifteen-year-long records are created and stored, regardless of your innocence, without your knowledge or consent.

That can include even the books you travel with. The Post reports that a group of activists requested information on their travel records, and found the records included a description of a book on marijuana one of them carried.

"The federal government is trying to build a surveillance society," John Gilmore, a libertarian and a heroic civil liberties activist, told the Washington Post. "The job of building a surveillance database and populating it with information about us is happening largely without our awareness and without our consent."

What other personal information is Homeland Security collecting (all to keep you free, of course)? Lots -- like, for instance, the kind of hotel bed you sleep in.

Notes The Washington Post:

"The [Department of Homeland Security] database generally includes 'passenger name record' (PNR) information, as well as notes taken during secondary screenings of travelers. PNR data -- often provided to airlines and other companies when reservations are made -- routinely include names, addresses and credit-card information, as well as telephone and e-mail contact details, itineraries, hotel and rental car reservations, and even the type of bed requested in a hotel."

The Washington Post also told the story of Zakariya Reed, a Toledo firefighter, who said he has been detained at least seven times at the Michigan border since fall 2006.

Twice, Reed said, he was questioned by border officials about "politically charged" opinion pieces critical of U.S. policy in the Middle East he had published in his local newspaper.

Once, during a secondary interview, he said, "they had them printed out on the table in front of me."

Incidentally, your DHS travel file is exempt from Privacy Act requirements. So you have no right to correct even erroneous information that might be there -- waiting to bite you.


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6 comments (Latest Comment: 10/20/2007 17:19:59 by starling310)

It's Friday, Ya Bastahds..
Author: BobR    Date: 10/19/2007 12:03:27

Yesterday afternoon we heard from Ms. Rhodes herself about the "unfortunate incident" that resulted in her missing some teeth, and apparently almost losing an eye. She said she walked outside for a smoke and the next thing she remembered was waking up with her face caved in. Not a mugging?... Not a vicious attack?... Sorry, but I don't believe you get that kind of damage from blacking out and falling down. Not being able to remember seems like a common reaction to trauma. So it seems that there are still a lot of unanswered questions, and she doesn't seem interested in answering them.

So for now, let's just enjoy this mid-October Friday. It's the perfect time of year for carving pumpkins, going to the local spook house, and drinking beer at the local Oktoberfest.

For those of you looking to do more than just the typical carving, there's Pumpkin Masters, the well-known company that has made an industry out of pumpkin art. They have a few basic free patterns, but if you want the good ones, you have to buy them.

...Or you could just go for really weird:
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169 comments (Latest Comment: 10/20/2007 02:10:48 by livingonli)

ALCS Game 5
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/18/2007 21:42:56

Good Afternoon!

How's a little baseball grab you this evening?

We'll start in the Big Apple...Looks like Joe Torre is all done.

NEW YORK -- Joe Torre is out as manager of the New York Yankees, rejecting a substantial pay cut after the team failed to make it past the first round of the playoffs for the third straight year.

Torre turned down a $5 million, one-year contract Thursday that still would have made him the highest paid manager in baseball.

Bench coach Don Mattingly is the leading contender to replace Torre, who led the Yanks to 12 straight playoff appearances and won four World Series championships. Yankees broadcaster Joe Girardi, the NL Manager of the Year with Florida in 2006, is another top contender.

"It's a difficult day," general manager Brian Cashman said.

But it was one Yankees' fans could see coming.

After losing the first two playoff games to Cleveland, owner George Steinbrenner said he didn't think Torre would be back if the Yankees didn't advance. They lost in four games.

Torre, who took over the team to start the 1996 season, made his decision after traveling fom New York to the team's spring training complex in Tampa, Fla. He was accompanied by Cashman and chief operating officer Lonn Trost.

"It is now time for the New York Yankees to move forward," team president Randy Levine said.


Heading west, we've got a critical game situation at the Jake. But if any team can come back from being down 3 games...it's the Boston Red Sox.

TIME: 08:00 P.M. EST
VENUE: Jacobs Field

Probable Pitchers:

Boston - Josh Beckett
http://images.sportsline.com/images/baseball/mlb/players/60x80/174887.jpg

20-7, 3.27

Cleveland - C.C. Sabathia
http://images.sportsline.com/images/baseball/mlb/players/60x80/174974.jpg

19-7, 3.21

Boston is the underdog tonight (heh, the Sox always are).

Check out the complete
Head-to Head comparison. Boston seems ahead in most categories...on paper.

But that's why they play the game.



PLAY BALL!!!
95 comments (Latest Comment: 10/19/2007 03:47:42 by livingonli)

Fuck you, (yes you) you fucking fuckwad!
Author: Raine    Date: 10/18/2007 11:34:30

I did that for the team morale... I did it so we can all feel better. Yesterday a report was released that saidSwearing at work boosts moral and helps team spirit. From the article:
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126 comments (Latest Comment: 10/18/2007 22:57:39 by Raine)

FISA, Phone Calls, and the End of Privacy
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/17/2007 13:01:44

You might have noticed this is rather long. My intention when I started collecting info for this blog post was to discuss the FISA program and the phone companies. I found some other info that was certainly eye-opening, so I thought I'd share it, despite the length.

First of all - what sort of information is the government looking for when they make a request? According to this 13-page letter that Verizon released to the Energy and Commerce Committee on Monday, the government wants to know:
1. Subscriber Name;
2. Subscriber Address;
3. Local and long distance telephone connection records, or records of session times and durations;
4. Length of service and type of service utilized;
5. Telephone or instrument number or other subscriber number or identity, including any temporarily assigned network address; and
6. Means and source of payment for such service, including credit card or bank account number of a subscriber to such service.
(bold-face mine)

excuse me? Local calls?? Didn't Bush specifically say they only got the info for calls made into or out of this country? Keep this in mind - it will be important later...
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96 comments (Latest Comment: 11/08/2007 19:43:55 by Raine)

Ask A Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/16/2007 10:42:30

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,672nd day in Iraq.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures in the warron terra, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 3829
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3690
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3368
Since Handover (6/29/04): 2970
Since Election (1/31/05): 2392

Other Coalition Troops: 302
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 449


Turning to our friends at IAVA, we find that they too are concerned about the recent veto of the SCHIP program. As it turns out, there are two little-known riders within the program that help the families of wounded troops.

NEW YORK – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation's first and largest nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, today urged Congress to override the President’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) reauthorization. SCHIP includes two little-known provisions which help the families of critically wounded troops. The provisions provide one year of employment discrimination protection to family members caring for severely injured troops, and extends permitted work leave for those family members from three months to six months. Congress passed SCHIP earlier this month, but President Bush vetoed the legislation for reasons unrelated to these military families’ amendments. This Thursday, the House will vote on whether to override the President’s veto.

“Any member of Congress who supports the troops should vote to override the President’s veto. If SCHIP fails, so does this protection for families of our most grievously wounded troops. These service members and their families carry the heaviest burdens of this war and they need all the help they can get,” said Paul Rieckhoff, IAVA Executive Director. “Thanks to improved battlefield medicine, thousands of troops are surviving catastrophic injuries, but they face long and painful recoveries at home. The last thing these wounded heroes should have to worry about is whether the loved one at their bedside is going to lose his or her job.”

One in five severely wounded troops say a family member or friend has been forced to give up a job to care for them. This is true of Annette McLeod, who is featured in the national TV ad campaign IAVA is running this week to demand that Congress and the President improve care for veterans. Mrs. McLeod’s husband, Specialist Wendall McLeod, sustained multiple, life-threatening injuries while serving in Iraq. “When my husband returned home grievously wounded, it ripped my life apart,” said Mrs. McLeod. “I lived in South Carolina, but Wendell was being treated in Washington, DC. After just three months, the human resources department at the factory where I had worked for 20 years said I had exhausted my time off. Being forced to give up my job made a heart-wrenching and difficult time even harder.”


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139 comments (Latest Comment: 10/17/2007 07:37:18 by MMB)

Monday overnite Open thread.
Author: Raine    Date: 10/16/2007 02:54:54

Four Freedoms Message board is closed for a little while... We will be back as soon as we can, I promise. It seems as tho the server... NOT THE BOARD... is being attacked. So, instead of risking our members computers, I chose to close the board for the night. You got something? post it there... no restrictions... Love you, miss you.... Raine
1 comments (Latest Comment: 10/16/2007 05:27:44 by livingonli)

Monday night Sports! NY v Atl, Sox V Indians and whatever else you got!!!
Author: Raine    Date: 10/16/2007 00:53:09

YEah... it is that time of year, when I cannot deny my love of the Giants... Even tho I now live in Atlanta, and have been trying to root for the falcons... (I used to call them the FAIL cons before I moved down south... But I can't... tonite I am rooting for big blue. Note... I changed the blog title... At this point I am hearing that the BoSax are down 2-0... I am rooting for the Sox! (Cleveland burns me with their crazy locusts and all...) Friggin lord of the flies defense... it just ain't right.
50 comments (Latest Comment: 10/16/2007 03:46:51 by livingonli)

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