Thursday, August 11, 2005

It's Just Another Day...

Great to be getting back to posting daily.

Unfortunately, my Cards lost today. Not an ordinary loss being that it was against the Cubs. It's been 387 days since the Cards were last at Wrigley.

Mike Remlinger joined the Red Sox and became the 12th to debut since July 7th alone to bring it to 45 players this year.

Evidently, our teachers are having their jobs outsourced as Jefferson County has hired more international teachers rather than hiring those in their own backyard. Shame on Stephen Daeschner.

Ashlee Simpson is back in the news. Same ol' same ol. She's addressing some old news on her second album.

Bill Murray is changing his stripes. Here's some more on Bill Murray.
It's a show-biz tradition, the clown who wants to be taken seriously. Charlie Chaplin, Jerry Lewis, Woody Allen: None of them managed to do it. Bill Murray has. Three decades ago he was on Saturday Night Live, singing lyrics to Star Wars ("Those near and far wars"). Now he's acclaimed as a kind of Zen master of film acting, earning raves for Broken Flowers. Yet long before Murray's Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for Lost in Translation" (2003), there were hints -- all right, very faint hints -- of the seriousness to come.
Murray will be going on a break for a while now.

Politically speaking, 2007 is just around the corner. Crit is the only Dem as of now seriously looking at the Governor's race.
Leading that pack of potential challengers was former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry, who made the rounds shaking hands across the picnic grounds with former Miss America Heather French Henry and their two daughters.

"I don't foresee myself ever running for any other office other than governor if I run again," Henry said. "I think Heather and I have decided it's something that we could do. Now I think we have to decide if that's what we're going to do."

Henry said he purposely stayed quiet for the first part of Fletcher's term to give the new governor a chance to show what he could do.

But he said the investigation into the Fletcher administration's personnel policies and practices prompted Henry and his wife to start speaking up.

"What I've seen is a total disregard for the laws in this state," he said, adding that he's been equally disappointed with what he called the acrimonious way Fletcher has responded to the inquiry.[...]

Luallen, whose Fancy Farm speech was one of the few that didn't delve into the state hiring investigation, talked broadly about the need for leadership and gains in education and health care -- typical stock for stump speeches.

However, she insisted she hasn't made any decisions about her future and simply "believes seriously about those issues."

Also circulating among the crowd was Pikeville native Jim Cauley, who is most famous for running the successful campaign of Democratic U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois last fall.

Cauley, who is working with the Democratic Governors' Association, said the '07 race could draw keen interest from Democrats in Washington.

"He's not doing himself any favors lately," Cauley said of Fletcher.

Others mentioned as possible challengers -- Charlie Owen, the Louisville businessman who ran for lieutenant governor in 2003, and Treasurer Jonathan Miller -- declined to tip their hands.

And the man Fletcher has singled out as a likely opponent of his, Greg Stumbo, diverted from his usual answer that he has no plans to run.

When asked again whether he would eliminate the possibility of running, Stumbo replied, "I'll rule it out if he would."
Fletcher is one and done. I can assure you that right now. Fletcher has done at least one good thing that I know of: giving Daniel Boone his road back.
The uproar that accompanied the decision two years ago to replace the Daniel Boone Park-way name with that of a sitting Kentucky congressman will be put to rest Tuesday.

In a private ceremony in his office, Gov. Ernie Fletcher plans to sign documents that designate U.S. 25E in southeastern Ken-tucky the Daniel Boone-Cum-berland Gap Wilderness Trail.

"This is a great day, not only for the Boone family, but also for everyone who appreciates the sacrifices and accomplishments of our pioneer ancestors who settled this great commonwealth and this great country," said Rochelle Cochran, president of the Boone Society, a national group of descendants of the explorer.

During a previous administration, the Daniel Boone Parkway, which winds through the mountains of southeastern Kentucky, was renamed for U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, who has represented the area for more than two decades and managed to earmark $13 million in federal funds that allowed tolls to be removed from the state road.

Rogers, who was not consulted about the name change in 2003, has largely stayed out of the fray. The gesture, though, did not sit well with Boone descendants and others who bemoaned the sacrifice of history for a few federal dollars.

"You may as well melt down the Liberty Bell," Cochran, who claims to be a long-removed niece of the explorer, said at the time.

Since then, several attempts have been made to restore Boone's name to the road, or find an alternative. At one point, the late Gov. Louie Nunn offered to have his name taken off a different toll road so Rogers could get the honor.
CBGB's has a victory in the courts.
In her ruling, Judge Joan Kenney praised the club's impact on the neighborhood, which she said was plagued by "destitution, degradation and substance abuse" when the club opened in 1973.

"CBGB has proven itself worthy of being recognized as a landmark — a rare achievement for any commercial tenant in the ever diverse and competitive real estate market of New York City," she wrote in the ruling, a copy of which was provided to The Associated Press by the Save CBGB's Coalition.

"It would be unconscionable for this court to allow petitioner to proceed with its intent to evict CBGB ... because it failed to notice that monies were outstanding for approximately four years," the judge wrote.

As part of its proposal for a new lease, CBGB's has said it would find a third-party guarantor and would raise money for the committee every year with benefit concerts.
In other music news, Paul McCartney will soon be getting the Beatles catalog back.
Reports of Jackson's dwindling financial prospects prompted speculation McCartney would buy back rights to his classic songs like YESTERDAY, but the rocker revealed a legality means the songs will soon be his anyway.

And the superstar stresses his one time feud with Jackson is over because he is too happy to be angry with the fallen pop king.

He says, "I don't think so. I've had people talk to me who are more concerned for me than I am about it. But the interesting thing is, there are actually things in the whole deal that actually revert to me anyway.

"There are years approaching, there are date approaching, that we never thought would approach, where things revert to me. So really, it's a waiting game rather than a big proactive buying game.

"Which suits my personality: just hang on, be patient, it's cool. Don't get your knickers in a twist."
King David's Palace has been found.
Eilat Mazar, an Israeli archaeologist, stood amid the ruins of a huge public building of the 10th century B.C. that she believes may be the remains of King David's palace in a biblical Jewish capital.

Other scholars are skeptical that the foundation walls discovered by the archaeologist, Eilat Mazar, are David's palace. But they acknowledge that what she has uncovered is rare and important: a major public building from around the 10th century B.C., with pottery shards that date to the time of David and Solomon and a government seal of an official mentioned in the book of Jeremiah.

The discovery is likely to be a new salvo in a major dispute in biblical archaeology: whether the kingdom of David was of some historical magnitude, or whether the kings were more like small tribal chieftains, reigning over another dusty hilltop.

The find will also be used in the broad political battle over Jerusalem - whether the Jews have their origins here and thus have some special hold on the place, or whether, as many Palestinians have said, including the late Yasir Arafat, the idea of a Jewish origin in Jerusalem is a myth used to justify conquest and occupation.
More proof that Yerushalayim belongs to us.

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