Monday, March 27, 2006

Back to non-sports news...

Well, it's been an interesting weekend. The Braves didn't get to the Final Four but George Mason University did. At one time, GMU was my first choice for college. I almost went there--as a matter of fact. But it went down to Wittenberg and Bradley and I chose Bradley University over all them. However, for reasons that I will not discuss on the blog, I transferred.

When it comes to national security, Evan Bayh has it right. Bayh also supports the current primary system.
Bayh made clear yesterday he wants things to stay as they are — with no other contests between Iowa and New Hampshire.

"I hope you retain your position. I'm going to do everything I can to keep it that way," said Bayh. His words were greeted with a standing ovation from the partisan crowd of about 150.

"Now that I've won the Profiles in Courage award, that's what I believe," Bayh added, to laughter.

Bayh's remarks separate him from some potential Democratic Presidential candidates, such as Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico and U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. Richardson and Kerry have said they are fine with adding a caucus between Iowa and New Hampshire's contest.
Julian Lennon, son of the late John Lennon, is back in the studio recording a new album.

Jim Newberry has been endorsed by Kentucky State Treasurer Jonathan Miller in the Lexington Mayor's race.
Lexington mayoral candidate Jim Newberry will pick up the support today of state Treasurer Jonathan Miller, a Democrat and Lexington native.

Miller, who considers himself friends with Mayor Teresa Isaac and Councilman Bill Farmer Jr., who are also running, said he's been "blown away" by some of Newberry's ideas. Specifically, Miller cited Newberry's plan to offer scholarships to Fayette students who major in math and science-related fields at area colleges.

Miller said Lexington needs someone like Louisville's mayor.

"Jim Newberry and Jerry Abramson are different in many ways," he said. "But I think they both bring a fresh look and innovative leadership."
Better know a district! If you are a Congressman, you better be aware that you will be on a comedy show and that they will try and humiliate you.
Colbert is the speaker at next month's White House Correspondents Association dinner, attended by President Bush and members of Congress. As on his show, Colbert may well have the last laugh.

Except, of course, for Rothman, the New Jersey congressman, who was recently engaged to be married. He met his fiancée on J-Date.
What's that? Natalie Portman is not a prostitute but you should read what she had to say about actresses making big bucks.
"I don’t want to be working for money because then you are no different [from] a prostitute," Portman told Britain’s Independent newspaper. But Portman, who also starred in such flicks as Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, says that her friends and family keep her from selling out. "I have the most amazing friends in the world, who are doing such interesting and different things, and are their own people," Portman said. "They are my support base along with my parents. They are inspiring and always doing different, interesting things so I remember how to be a person by being around them."
Today in 1978, Jack Givens led my beloved Kentucky Wildcats to a victory over the hated Duke team as Givens scored 41 points in a 94-88 game.

Dan Alon, an Israeli athlete who survived the 1972 Munich games, shared his story at Yale.

Lawrence Wright will be in the slam dunk contest as a part of the 2006 NCAA Basketball Championship Weekend.
ESPN will air Dell presents The College Basketball Slam Dunk and 3-Point Shooting Championships at 9 PM ET on Thursday, March 30. The program will feature both a Men’s and Women’s 3-Point shootout, a challenge between the winners, and a high-flying dunk competition.

This year’s dunk artists include Maurice Ager of Michigan State, local Indianapolis product Rodney Carney of Memphis, Vincent Grier on Minnesota, Errol Knight of Gonzaga, and James White of Cincinnati, Lawrence Wright from Bradley.

Among the sharp shooters on the men’s side will be Marquette’s Steve Novak, West Virginia’s Kevin Pittsnogle, Notre Dame’s Chris Quinn and hometown favorite, Butler’s Bruce Horan.

On the women’s side, the 3-point shooters will include Nikki Blue of UCLA, Megan Duffy of Notre Dame, and Erin Grant of Texas Tech, Tamara James of the University of Miami, Julie Larsen of Utah and Cappie Pondexter of Rutgers.
The announcers for ESPN will be Brad Nessler, Steve Lavin, Jimmy Dykes and Erin Andrews.

This Wednesday marks two weeks until Pesach begins.

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