Saturday, December 03, 2005

The ultimate football Saturday

This is by far and away the most important college football Saturday of the year. Not only will the SEC Championship be played this evening, and USC and UCLA will tangle in a game that will determine whether USC will play for the national championship, but the inaugural ACC Championship Game will also be played tonight.

Like most avid fans of college football, I expect that I will be flipping back and forth between the ACC Championship and the SEC Championship...especially since, as I write this, the Big 12 Championship Game is already decided. It is not even half way through the 2nd quarter, and Texas leads Colorado 35-3!

The annual Army-Navy game is also this afternoon. Of all of the important games today, that game is the most important to a whole lot of people in uniform risking their lives for our country as I write. As we watch, root, and play football today, let's also remember that we can watch football and eat fattening food today at the stadiums or in the comfort of our homes or the local pub because a U.S. Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine has risked his life in order that we might enjoy our own.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Renting vs. owning

One of the upsides of renting a place is that whenever there is a maintenance problem, you can call on the maintenance staff of the complex where you happen to live and they'll usually take care of the problem in an at least somewhat timely manner. The maintenance staff where I live is pretty good about answering problems, they did today, in fact. The down side is that when something does go wrong, you have to wait on it to be fixed. Of course, if you own a place, you must not only have the problem fixed, you must pay for it yourself.

I have come to the conclusion that for me, it may be true that renting is easier than owning. However, I have also decided I would still rather own than rent, as that also means I can choose to live by my own rules rather than someone else's.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Bloggers bring down a government

Today I am going to post a short but, I hope, noteworthy written entry, something I haven't done in months and I hope to to do more often in the weeks to come.

It now happens that every few months, some mainstream media outlet issues some comment about bloggers, and how it is that we, the unwashed masses, are now responsible for great calamities in the world because we have bothered to expose political problems and demand accountability.

The latest salvo comes from the CBC, who wonders if it was
bloggers who brought down the Canadian government Monday. Perhaps bloggers did play some role in this very significant political development. By no means do I think people who keep weblogs were the only culprit, but I do think blogs play a role in bringing the other side of the news to the masses, no matter which political side a given blogger happens to be on.

The reason the mainstream press is so afraid of bloggers and blogging is that it brings the ability to exercize the freedom of the press to Joe and Jane Sixpack, the ordinary everyday person. You don't have to go to Columbia School of Journalism to be a good blogger, you just need to be literate and licit.

While it is true that for most of us who blog, our content is based on our opinion, bloggers who want to be credible base those opinions on relevant facts and realities. If bloggers can bring down a government, it means that freedom of the press has come full circle. A free press has brought down governments before, and if bloggers can now be included in that company it means that bloggers are now a part of the real press. That is what has the rest of the press so frightened.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Canada votes con't

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Liberals fall in Ottawa; Canada votes

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