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Boxer’s Suspension Recalls Sad Story of Billy Collins

January 31, 2009 By: Station Agent Category: Sports 7 Comments →

Boxer Antonio Margarito had his license suspended Wednesday by the California State Athletic Commission because a plaster-like substance was found under the boxer’s hand wraps before his loss last weekend to “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Thankfully it was found before the fight. The incident is reminiscent of the sad story of Billy Collins and Luis Resto.

In April of 2008, former welterweight boxer Luis Resto admitted that the tape used to wrap his hands before mauling Billy Collins in a ten-round bout held in the summer of 1983 had been soaked in plaster or Paris. It was previously known that Resto’s gloves had been meddled with as well; each glove had two inches of padding removed.

In 1986, Resto and his trainer were convicted of assault and both men served 2 and a half years in prison. Resto never boxed again.

The damage to Collins was severe and likely contributed to his death:

During the fight Collins had suffered a torn iris and permanently blurred vision, which prevented him from boxing again. After losing two jobs in a short time after the fight he began smoking marijuana and drinking heavily. His violent mood swings threatened his marriage. Finally, on March 6, 1984, he crashed his car into a culvert near his home in Antioch, Tennessee; a suburb of Nashville. He was killed on impact. Many commentators, as well as Collins’ family, believe that the loss of his livelihood broke him psychologically.[1]

Collins loss to Resto was later thrown out and Collins died undefeated, 14-0.

Resto told the sad tale of his despicable deed to Collins’ widow in 2007, during the filming of a documentary called Cornered (trailer) about the fight. “During the fight, Billy told [his father and trainer Billy Collins Sr.] it felt like he was getting hit with rocks,” she said. “Now we know he really was getting hit with rocks. It was that much worse.”

“My boy would have been world champion. He would have been great,” Collins’ father later told The Tennessean. “I fought it for 20 years and couldn’t beat the system. I just gave up on it. It shoulda been an open and shut case, but there was no justice. It’s still hounding me.”

Perhaps I’ll Give Buddhism a Try

January 07, 2009 By: Station Agent Category: Religion 5 Comments →

As if millions of years of magical religious hegemony wasn’t proof enough, we have the latest evidence that atheism is doomed to a marginalized existence–lame bus signs all over Europe that say, “There’s probably no God. So stop worrying and enjoy your life.”

So many of those words suck. Let’s start with ‘probably’. The man credited with “launching” the campaign is none other than South Park-bait and professional atheist Richard Dawkins, who invested £5,500 in the sign and claims that he didn’t want the word ‘probably’ in the phrase. I agree with Dawkins. They should have lost ‘probably’. They should have gotten rid of all the other words too. The two sentences don’t even make sense together. If this is supposed to be the first salvo in some kind of dialogue with believers, it’s not a very convincing one. Any believer could easily point out that they’re not worried because they know there is a God and, as such, they’re having a dandy time.

It occurs to me that being an atheist is a lot like being a Democrat. Not a bad idea on paper, then you get a look at who your leaders are and it’s a bit hard to swallow. Even with a little bit of counter-intuitive explanation by the always calm Nate Silver, Harry Reid’s latest in a long series of cave-ins makes me want to scream. Not because I care if Roland Burris lands in the Senate, but because this operation can’t do anything right and they’re the only ones in the government that aren’t Republicans.

Atheists are even harder to organize than progressives, and the idea that they threw away £135,000 on bus signs is so sad. I get the joke that comedian Ariane Sherine was going for when she thought of this idea. We see inappropriate religious advertising on virtually every mile of American highway. Where there’s a billboard there you will find some self-righteous bullshit scrawled across it in Jesus’s name. So, yes, seeing an atheist message on a bus would probably make me smile. So put it on one or two buses and make it mean something. But if you have £135,000, do something with it. Feed some people. Start up a community center. Do some missionary work. Hell, buy a senate seat, give it Dawkins and have him swear in on Ken’s Guide to the Bible. But don’t blow the whole wad on a well-meant joke that wasn’t properly scripted.

Teacher Fired For Blowing Lid Off Christmas Cover Up

December 17, 2008 By: Station Agent Category: International, Religion 4 Comments →

Attention Children Seven and Under: Christmas Spoiler Alert!

Being a sustitute teacher is tough. I avoided the job, in part, because I saw what the gig did to a friend of mine. So, it wasn’t surprising when I read this article in the Daily Mail about a sub who lost it and told her entire class that Santa Claus did not exist. She screamed at them, “It’s your parents who leave out presents on Christmas Day.”

So heinous was this crime, the school will not have the sub back and the Daily mail wouldn’t put her name in the story, I presume for her own good.

This woman is no villain, in fact, she’s a hero. She had the courage to tell little children that their parents were screwing with their minds. Who knows what kind of chain reaction this could have started. I say “could have started” because whatever truth this whistleblowing sub imparted to her former students has been reversed by yet another clever ruse perpetuated by these children’s lying parents.

You see, in order to preserve the magic of Christmas, one of the kid’s parents told all the others how to put Pandora back in the box. “We told him that she did not believe in Father Christmas because of her religion and he’s fine now.”

While they’re at it, they should tell the kids that their wicked former Sub had burned at the stake so they wouldn’t have to worry about her wicked spells turning them into worms or frogs on All Hallow’s Eve.

Saudi King Wants to Goose Oil Prices

November 29, 2008 By: Station Agent Category: Economics, Politics 3 Comments →

The King of Saudi Arabia doesn’t like seeing the price of oil dropping like crazy. “We believe the fair price for oil is $75 a barrel,” he said. OPEC will figure out how to stick it to us with much, much higher oil prices when that organization meets Dec. 17 in Algeria.

Funny, I don’t recall an outcry for $75 dollars a barrel oil when it cost $147 a barrel in July.

According to the AP, “On Friday, the U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery was trading at about $54 per barrel.”

Of course, I look forward to the day when our cars do not run on oil. You know me, I say take the bus, train, wind surf, walk, hang glide, anything other than the car.

But until we stop mainlining oil, plunging gas prices serve as a type of accidental economic stimulus the Bush administration and Congress can’t pass to save our lives.

Priest Rains Fire and Brimstone on Obamaniacs

November 16, 2008 By: Station Agent Category: Politics, Religion 4 Comments →

Jesus got on a roll in the New Testament and for several chapters he lays down some important directives. As a religious maverick, I will say that there are a maybe a few passages in there that I don’t agree with, but most of it is pretty good stuff.

I like this part in particular, though, admittedly, I find it a high standard that I personally can’t live up to:

Matthew 7

1Judge not, that ye be not judged.

2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

3And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

4Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

5Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

My blog is just loaded with judgments. Luckily I’m an atheist, so it’s okay for me to judge. For a Priest to do it, well, that would be ill advised. And yet, in a letter posted on his church’s website, a Catholic priest by the name of Jay Scott Newman wrote, “Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exists constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil and those Catholics who do so place themselves outside of the full communion of Christ’s Church and under the judgment of divine law.”

Really? What about voting for a war-mongoring crazy person who supports an illegal war with a million innocent victims? Where’s that one come in on the scale of material cooperation with intrinsic evil? How about that candidate’s desire to spread the carnage to Iran?

Oh, and here’s another one from the J-man that the Father from South Carolina may want to consider:

Matthew 22:20-22
20And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

21They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

22When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

Thankfully, not all Catholics share Newman’s views. The national director of a group called Catholic Democrats, Steve Krueger, said, “Father Newman is off-base. He is acting beyond the authority of a parish priest to say what he did.”

Fear Not McCainiacs…

October 06, 2008 By: Station Agent Category: Blogging, Politics 2 Comments →

…There’s a Poll Out There for You

A blogger named Brian at The Conservative Edge writes:

According to a story on CBS online, Barak Obama has lost five points nationally in less than one week. In a poll CBS released last Wednesday, before Sarah Palin’s lopsided defeat of Lyin Joe Biden in their debate last Thursday night, Obama was up by 9 points.

In the poll released today, Obama lead McCain by four points. The likely voters number was even better for McCain showing a 48-45 lead for Obama, which was within the margin of error for a dead heat.

See, one poll is all you need to cheer up the die-hards. Sarah Palin bringing back the moldy old kitchen sink lines of attack from the Spring is all it takes. And this poll is in the margin of error too, so it’s not just a six point bump. Oh no, we’re all tied up now.

Hang in there Brian. It’ll all be over soon. And don’t read those other polls, my friend. It’ll just bring you down.

McCain Throws Kitchen Sink at Self

September 21, 2008 By: Station Agent Category: Elections, Politics 1 Comment →

This week the media finally acknowledged that John McCain is running a horrible campaign. As if they didn’t know this all along. Even John McCain knows it. In fact, he has been trying to lose. The man might be crazy, but he ain’t dumb. $700 billion in Wall Street buyouts with much more in the pipeline is a great reason for a presidential candidate to start calling people with suntans Macaca and then posting it on the front page of his campaign’s website. McCain even went so far as to name that rube Palin his running mate, but the liberal media just played it off as some genius move and then worked it into their elaborate and concerted effort to railroad McCain into the White House.

For his part, Barack Obama has done a genius job of pretending to want the job too, figuring that McCain and the media would stay true to form. Obama fell right into McCain’s trap.

Now the media is changing it’s tune at the last minute and Obama is totally screwed. He’s actually going to have to be President. The terrible fate that John Kerry was spared in 2004, will now befall Obama in 2008. It won’t go fast either. After four long, brutal years of trying to run a somewhat responsible economy and a coherent foreign policy, Obama will stress human rights, the environment and peace and he will subsequently be Jimmy Carter-ed out of existence. The next Ronald Reagan–Jeb! Bush–will take office in 2012 and it will suddenly be morning in America again.

The fact that the conservatives are so close to accomplishing this fiendish plan just goes to show how effective a political operator John McCain really is. He’s throwing the kitchen sink at himself. Sarah Palin–genius. His campaign won’t even rule out Phil Gramm as a potential Treasury secretary. This is ruthless, in-it-to-lose-it politics.

History is Hard

September 01, 2008 By: Station Agent Category: Elections, Politics 4 Comments →

During her campaign for Governor in 2006, Sarah Palin was given a candidate questionnaire to fill out. One of the questions was “Are you offended by the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?”

Her response:

Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.

For fifty billion dollars, which of our founders wrote the Pledge of Allegiance?

That’s right! Socialist Utopian Francis Bellamy wrote it. And you’ll remember Bellamy from such America-founding activities as being born in 1855.

Furthermore, the words “under God” were added by a bill introduced by an obscure congressman at the behest of that minuteman Dwight Eisenhower. Now, I like Ike as much as the next guy, but he’s not exactly T.J., people. She’s a moron.

And remember, she said she’ll “fight” and the rationale for that fight is based on faulty intelligence, in this case, her own.

Mukasey Pulls Ball Away, Conyers Goes Flying

August 14, 2008 By: Station Agent Category: Politics 6 Comments →

The central metaphor of the Charlie Brown cartoons was the recurring “joke” of Lucy pulling the ball away before Charlie Brown could finally kick it. Charlie would go flying and Lucy would get a cheap laugh out of it.

I feel that.

That’s about frustration. That’s about justice. When you put your trust in someone like Lucy, justice is not going come easy.

In the Bush era, there are quite a few Lucy characters, but the most recent ripping of the football away from the kick of justice cast Michael Mukasey in the role of Lucy. Charlie Brown is played by House Judiciary Committee chair, John Conyers. You have a feeling that Conyers has been trying to kick that ball for a long time.

You can sense his frustration building up. First Pelosi pulled the ball of impeachment from him then Karl Rove gets away, so far, with ignoring a subpoena.

There’s a bit of Moby Dick in all this too.

Maybe the plight of Buffalo Bills fans during their stretch of Super Bowl futility during the 90’s can get you there too.

Mukasey’s maddening announcement that though “we”–the Charlie Browns of the world wanting to kick the ass of the Bush Administration–had the goods on members of Justice Department who participated in illegal hiring practices that disqualified any applicants that even smelled the slightest bit liberal, he was not going to prosecute. To add insult to injury, he even threw in a mind blowing parsing of words that will go down in history as one of the great grievances against language and justice ever.

Here’s what Mukasey told the American Bar Association:

Where there is evidence of criminal wrongdoing, we vigorously investigate it, and where there is enough evidence to charge someone with a crime, we vigorously prosecute. But not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime.

Here’s what the dictionary says about the word crime:

1. an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally prohibited.
2. criminal activity and those engaged in it: to fight crime.
3. the habitual or frequent commission of crimes: a life of crime.
4. any offense, serious wrongdoing, or sin.
5. a foolish, senseless, or shameful act: It’s a crime to let that beautiful garden go to ruin.

Since I am still flailing through space and time waiting to hit the ground, I will turn it over to Amanda at Pandagon for her reaction:

Identifying something as a crime is not as simple as determining whether or not a law was broken. You have to examine the person who did the wrong and decide if they fit the description “criminal”, in what case, no matter what they do, it’s probably a crime. Does the person in question wear a 3-piece suit? Or do they have really big pants? Do they eat dinner with you and your friends, or do they sit in the car next to you in traffic eating a Big Mac? These may seem like silly questions to you, but to big important attorney generals, they make the difference between criminal and not-criminal. And that, of course, is the difference between crime and not-crime.

And here’s Conyers reaction:

I am distressed that Attorney General Mukasey has been so quick to determine that no criminal offense has been committed in connection with the illegal hiring practices at the Department of Justice.

It is not enough for Mr. Mukasey to assert that things are different under his watch. The Department of Justice cannot reestablish its credibility so long as it persists in a strategy designed to avoid revealing all the facts that have so compromised the integrity of the Department of Justice and to prevent real accountability for misconduct by former DOJ officials.

There’s no way this will be forgotten. John Conyers, God willing, will still be there in five months when there’s a new Attorney General. Then we’ll tee up the football again, and instead of being Lucy, this time Mukasey and his predecessor Alberto Gonzales will be the ball. Who Lucy is we don’t know yet, but let’s just say there’s at least some chance that Conyers will get a couple of good kicks in before it’s all said and done.

Iraqi Contractors Ignored Electrical Hazards

July 18, 2008 By: Station Agent Category: Uncategorized 3 Comments →

Considering the track record of U.S. contractors in Iraq, it comes as no surprise that Iraq is simply not wired right. Power remains erratic in much of Iraq, resulting in spiderwebs of wires running from homes to generators all over the country.

Like these:
Poor electrical work by contractors in Iraq is also plaguing our troops. New York Times writer James Risen reports, “Shoddy electrical work by private contractors on United States military bases in Iraq is widespread and dangerous, causing more deaths and injuries from fires and shocks than the Pentagon has acknowledged, according to internal Army documents.” When challenged by it’s few qualified electricians that were concerned about shoddy work, contractors often told them “it’s a war zone.”

Even though village idiot Brian Kilmeade doesn’t want to hear it, according to Army Times, 11 service members and two U.S. civilians have been killed because Halliburton and KBR “improperly installed electrical wiring or failed to fix known electrical hazards”.

Raw Story has more.

There is a bright side to the electrical nightmare in Iraq. In certain areas they’re converting to solar with some measure of success.

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