Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Kimmie Meissner is not Jewish

American figure skater Kimmie Meissner, the silver medalist at the 2006 United States Figure Skating Nationals, is not Jewish despite popular rumors that she may be. I think Wikipedia needs to update their listings to show that.

If you're just tuning in for the first time today, scroll down for an exclusive interview with State Rep. Mike Weaver.

America Online is going to start an email tax apparently. I don't know if this is true or not but if it is, I'd recommend signing it.

The late Vic Hellard will recieve the Bert T. Combs Award for Excellence in Kentucky Government and Politics on March 9th in Frankfort.

Coldplay announced that "The Hardest Part" will be the next single to be taken from X&Y.

The next two SNL DVD's will be The Best of Cheri Oteri and The Best of Commercial Parodies. Both are expected to be released on May 23, 2006.

Just in case you needed to know five things about the St. Louis Cardinals:
1. Cardinals pitchers led the National League with a 3.49 ERA last season, and St. Louis relievers ranked first in the NL with a 3.17 ERA and second in the league with 48 saves.
2. Carpenter went 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA in winning the Cy Young and yes, his life changed.
3. Though the rotation remains stable from last season, GM Walt Jocketty spent a good deal of time over the winter rebuilding his bullpen, which lost Ray King, Cal Eldred, Julian Tavarez and Al Reyes. Among the newcomers: Braden Looper, the former Marlins and Mets closer, and Ricardo Rincon.
4. Biggest battle in camp: Left field, where So Taguchi, Larry Bigbie and John Rodriguez are the three leading candidates.
5. Among the reasons why the Cardinals went 100-62 last season: They were 37-15 in series openers and 9-2 in road-trip openers.
Click that link for more as I only summarized it. Expected Starters: Chris Carpenter, Mark Mulder, Jeff Suppan and Jason Marquis. The 5th starting position will be a battle between Adam Wainwright, Anthony Reyes, and Sidney Ponson.

Even more problems with visas for players. This time in the Dominican Republic!
The St. Louis Cardinals dispatched a team official this week to the Dominican Republic to expedite the return of four players to the U.S., the club said Wednesday.

Juan Encarnacion, Deivi Cruz, Hector Luna and Juan Mateo are expected at spring training camp on Thursday.

General Manager Walt Jocketty dispatched assistant general manager John Mozeliak for a rare 24-hour trip to learn the status of the players' visas.
Former congressmen including former Senator Birch Bayh, the father of current Senator Evan Bayh, are hoping to get an amendment to the Constitution.
The bipartisan group plans to announce its proposal Thursday and begin a state-by-state effort to amend the Electoral College so the winner reflects the view of the country instead of an individual state or two with a close vote on Election Day. The plan would seek to eliminate the possibility of a candidate winning the popular vote but losing the election, as happened to former Vice President Al Gore in 2000.

"The time is long past to not play Electoral College roulette every four years," former Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., said in an interview. "It is a throwback to 1887."

The plan, called the Campaign for the National Popular Vote, will be unveiled in Washington by Bayh; former Rep. John Anderson, R-Ill.; and other former members of Congress. The effort begins in Illinois, where legislation has been introduced in the General Assembly, followed by California and other states.

Even supporters, however, concede it's an uphill battle. Democrats may stand to gain more from enacting such reforms, considering candidates could increase their margins in heavily populated urban areas that typically favor their party. The reforms also could lend an advantage to independent candidates.[...]

"It's not going to be ready by the 2008 election, but I think it's certainly going to be ready by 2012," said Bayh, whose son Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., is exploring a White House bid in two years. "That sounds like a long period of time, until you start to think how old the country is and how long the founding fathers worked."
Ed Helms will star in an animated series on Comedy Central with Jenna Jameson. Don't bother doing a google search at work if you have not heard of her.

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