Saturday, April 23, 2005

ACLU vs. the LA County Seal

For my non-Los Angeles Two Tin Can readership:

You may have heard the news about the Los Angeles County seal and the ACLU?

See for yourself:


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So what do you think?

Does this seal violate the First Amendment which says:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I think the ACLU has too much time on its hands.

Just my opinion over on the left coast in the land of fruits and nuts,

Friday, April 22, 2005

My current dog-eared books


Am told this book gives a good overview on how the world economy got to be what it is today.

PBS site for Commanding Heights documentry.

"Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist" by John Piper

Many people have mentioned this book to me. Finally, decided to pick it up and read the book with the provocative title. Sounds almost "sacriligious" doesn't it? Speaking of titles meant to raise an eyebrow, check out Disappointment with God. It is one of those books I couldn't put down.

Author John Piper's web page.

As a biochemistry major science nerd, classic literature was something I didn't get much of in college. So I'm trying to work some in these days.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

The Suprising Dodgers!

Dear TTCers:

Well, how about them Dodgers?

I'm shocked!

Derek Lowe has been amazing. Last Wednesday, I saw Odalis Perez mow down the Giants at Dodger's Stadium. Weaver is still hot and cold with a strong first outing and then a poor second outing. Scott Erickson had a bad first outing but a good second one. In post-game Dodgertalk, it was reported that Brad Penny had a good minor league rehab start. He will probably have one or two more before they bring him up to the majors.

The relief corp is composed of ... where did they find these guys? Buddy Carlyle? D.J. Houlton? Kelly Wunsch? Steve Schmoll? They have been doing a remarkable job supporting the holdovers from last year Sanchez and Carrara. Brazoban is closing pending Gagne's return which appears to be at least a month off.

There were concerns about hitting but so far the Dodgers have been also surprising on this front. Kent, Bradley and Valentin have been solid. The pleasant surprise has been catcher Phillips and outfielder Ledee. Huge disappointments have been Drew and Choi.

Anyway, most experts are picking the Giants with a few going with the Padres. Of course, I have to be a Homer and pick the Dodgers!

Go Blue!


Friday, April 01, 2005

NCAA: Will Williams Finally Get to Cut Down the Nets?


Not exactly a profile in courage for me to pick the two #1 seeds to advance to the Championship game on Monday but that is my prediction.


P.S. I've bought tickets to the *second* home game of the season. As you might guess, open home day tickets to Dodgers vs. Giants sold out pretty fast. For this game, I'll be in the Inner Reserved section as all levels closer were already sold out.

UPDATE: Illinois vs. UNC on Monday.

UPDATE: Williams cuts down the nets! I loved his remark, I didn't become a smarter coach in the last 3 hours, which gives most of the credit to the players and puts winning in perspective.