Monthly Archives: June 2009

Michael Jackson’s Only Good Musical Work Was With the Jackson 5

I absolutely agree with this.

I grew up on Jackson 5.  It was my first favorite group.  My older brothers/sisters had 3 albums, and I listened to them ALL the time (along with the Osmond Brothers “Crazy Horses,” btw).

I would come home from kindergarten, wedge markers in seat cushions to be “microphones,” put “Skywriter” on the record player, and dance around like I was Michael Jackson.

I loved that stuff.

I’m a good musician, and an excellent performer.  If I had had the guts to go to LA for a music career instead of going to college, I might have made it…or I might have toiled in obscurity, of course.  But everything I learned about performing, I learned from the Jackson 5 and the pre-op version of Michael Jackson.

Side note:

Michael Jackson’s appearance in the last few years lends credence to Carpenter’s “They Live.”

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The Chiefs’ New Coaching Staff

To answer a question from the reading audience, I’m extremely pleased with our new coaching staff.

I didn’t know that much about Haley before he started getting lots of press for the play-calling in the playoff game against the Panthers.

I successfully predicted we would hire him as the Head Coach on 24 January, which was about 2 weeks before it happenened.  I also successfully predicted (sort of by default), that Pendergast would be the Defensive Coordinator.    My thought process was that Pendergast did such a good job with his defense in the playoffs, and Haley was working with him alot as the Offensive Coordinator, that he would be someone Haley would reach out to.  Well, the word was that the Chiefs actually wanted Romeo Crennel, but when he decided to rehabilitate after hip surgery and while drawing a paycheck from the Browns, Pendergast was named DC.

But I also like the fact that we have an experienced O-line coach in Bill Muir, I like that we have another former defensive coordinator in Gary Gibbs coaching our LBs.  I don’t know about bringing in Carthon as Assistant Head Coach and RB coach, and I don’t know about Dedric Ward for WRs, but right now, I really like what Coach Haley is doing with the team.

I like his no-nonsense approach.  I like how he isn’t afraid to cut people who aren’t, ahem, cutting it (pun intended).  I like his demeanor.  I like that he is allowing an open QB competition, even if Cassel has the inside track.

I really like that we will continue the successes with the spread and pass emphasis from last year, but I also like that Haley said that if we have a better chance to win running the ball, we will.

I really like Gailey as an Offensive Coordinator.  I think he’s one of the best and most innovative coordinators out there.

I like the changes we’ve made to transition to the 3-4, too.

We’ll see how it turns out.  I’ll have more to say on all this later.

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Chiefs Cut Four Players, 19 June 2009

From The Chiefs Official Website:

The Kansas City Chiefs waived LS Thomas Gafford, WR C.J. Jones, DT T.J. Jackson and LB Darrell Robertson on Friday. Gafford played in nine games as Kansas City’s long snapper in 2008, while Jackson saw duty in four games for the Chiefs a year ago.

I apologize for being a little bit late to this.  It took a little bit of time to consider what this meant.

I think we are seeing a more efficient Chiefs’ organization.  Every move is for a sound, strategic reason.  That means these cuts are no different.  Here are some of the possibilities of the significance:

  • The Chiefs anticipate signing several draft picks soon.  Draft picks don’t count against the 80-player roster limit until they are signed.  With this cut, the Chiefs now have 81 players on the roster.
  • There is no such thing as a “camp fodder” player for the Chiefs this year.  They aren’t letting anyone hang around just to have bodies to take snaps.  If the Chiefs organization determines you aren’t good enough to challenge for a roster spot, they will cut you and find someone who is.
  • It is slightly possible that they will sign other players to fill the space…but it won’t be until the eve of training camp, because the Chiefs don’t have any practices again until training camp opens.  Since the Chiefs have been spending weeks working on conditioning, and teaching players what “in shape” really means to the Chiefs now, signing new players is probably unlikely, because they are unlikely to be in the kind of condition Coach Haley wants right now.

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One Difference

President Bush decided to free 50 million Muslims from tyranny.  The Left and most media corporations jeered.
President Obama looks the other way when a brutal Muslim regime shoots unarmed people protesting a rigged election.  He doesn’t criticize the brutality.  He doesn’t decry the rigged election.  In fact, he says he’ll negotiate with the winner of the election no matter what.  The Left and most media corporations will react how?
If you voted for President Obama, are you proud of how he’s handled Iran?  Are you proud that he considers health care a crisis but having a fake election and unarmed protestors is merely a “situation” unworthy of comment or action?

Thanks, Democrats.  You clearly don’t give a crap about freedom.

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If Only We Had Done Nothing…

Just in case the YouTube embed attempts continue to not work:

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Results, Not Empty Promises

Here’s the latest of What President Obama Hath Wrought:

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When does President Obama have to face up to his blunders.  This is far worse performance, in a far more forgiving environment, than President Bush faced after September 11th.

But idiots will continue to give President Obama a pass just because he’s a Democrat.

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President Obama Unveils New Vision for His Administration

Obama Revises Campaign Promise Of ‘Change’ To ‘Relatively Minor Readjustments In Certain Favorable Policy Areas’

WASHINGTON—In a slight shift from his campaign trail promise, President Obama announced Monday that his administration’s message of “Change” has been modified to the somewhat more restrained slogan “Relatively Minor Readjustments in Certain Favorable Policy Areas.” “Today, Americans face a great many challenges, and I hear your desperate calls for barely measurable and largely symbolic improvements in the status quo,” said Obama, who vowed never to waver in his fight for every last infinitesimal nudge forward on the controversial issues of torture and the military ban on homosexuals. “Remember: Yes we can, if by that you mean tiptoeing around potentially unpopular decisions that could alienate a large segment of the populace.” Washington insiders said that, while the new mottos are certainly in keeping with Obama’s pledge of government transparency, they are significantly less catchy.

From The Onion.

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