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Monday, July 30, 2007

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Big Chief Sitting Cracker: The Day After

76 Trombones
According to the Rocky Mountain News, Ward Churchill will get one year's salary as severance pay. That's $96,392. Not bad for a con man.

Another famous "professor," Henry Hill, would be proud.

This Guy Bought a Band Uniform, Too

Tom Mayer, CU sociology professor, supports the Boulder con man.

Mayer, in the Rocky Mountain News:

I believe the people who voted (to dismiss Churchill) are the same people who
would have voted against Socrates, Gallileo . . . and anyone else with an
unpopular point of view.

That's quite a list. Socrates, Gallileo, Big Chief Sitting Cracker. There is hyperbole, then there is absurdity. Mayer is absurd.

He's Quite the Wit

Also from the Rocky Mountain News:

While waiting to get into the center, Churchill traded jibes with one man
who snapped pictures and asked Churchill, "I heard you were a fake Indian!"

"I heard you had no brain and you were still looking for it," Churchill
shot back.

That's a good one, Ward! Third graders worldwide laughed hysterically at the snappy comeback.

Faint Praise

Some pro-plagiarism students held signs in support of the charlatan, pointing out that Churchill was voted Best Professor in 2005.

Big deal. When I was an undergraduate, students elected a guy in drag as Homecoming Queen.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Chief Sitting Cracker Cut Off at the Pass

Faux-Indian, fraud, liar and plagiarist professor Ward Churchill was finally fired by the University of Colorado Board of Regents after two-and-a-half years of "process."

His blow-hard attorney, David Lane, says he already has a lawsuit ready for filing.

Lane said "The world will perceive that he was fired for his free speech."

No, the world will not. The world is not stupid.

Even if the world did so perceive, so what? The world can perceive "Cats" as a great Broadway musical, but it don't make it so. The world can perceive the earth as flat, it ain't.

Monday, July 23, 2007

A Coaching Tip

Bill Williamson of the Denver Post covers the Broncos.

He listed five Broncos to watch during training camp.

Number one is D.J. Williams:

D.J. Williams, middle linebacker. Williams, an outside linebacker by trade, shifts to the middle where Al Wilson was a starter the past eight seasons. After an impressive rookie season, Williams' role was reduced the past two years. His position switch was made largely because Denver's new defensive boss, Jim Bates, does not like his best players sitting on the sidelines.

Do coaches exist that DO want their best players on the sideline? If so, what is there record?

Sunday, July 22, 2007

He's Got a Future

Football season is around the corner.

As a North Carolina graduate, I am excited about the beginning of the Butch Davis era.

In reading up on the ACC, I found out that Duke "has an experienced quarterback in Zack Asack, who started six games as a freshman in 2005 but sat out last season after being suspended for plagiarism."

If the football thing does not work out for Asack, he should fit right in at the Ethnic Studies department up in Boulder.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Soprano's Last Song

The Rocky Mountain News' Mike Pearson wrote about the Emmy nominations today.

He said The Sopranos "faded to black with a whimper."

No, it did not. I know Pearson is a print guy and not a television guy, but The Sopranos did not fade to black. It ended with a cut to black. There was no fade.

I'm just saying. A television writer should know the difference.

Sports Equipment and Promo Pix

Sports Radio 950 The Fan features several of its on-air personalities on its website.

Several of them are holding sports equipment. Mark Moser has a hockey stick and Sandy Clough is holding a baseball bat.
For some reason, Irv Brown decided to hold a beach ball. I am just not sure why he decided to put it under his shirt.

Bad Logic

The ACLU does not think that the University of Colorado should fire plagiarizing professor Ward Churchill.

The ACLU, and others, defend Churchill by saying his dishonesty and academic fraud would never have been discovered but for his unpopular political positions.

In a letter to the CU Board of Regents, the ACLU said that "the investigation of professor Churchill's scholarship cannot be separated from the indefensible lynch-mob furor that generated the initial calls for his termination."

If the investigation had discovered that Churchill had robbed several liquor stores and molested collies, should he also be immune from consequences for those acts?

Apparently so.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Katie Couric: Hard Hitting News

In this segment, she comes out against texting while driving. Way to take a stand, Katie.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Didja Ever Notice...

that when someone says, "Not to belabor the point," what they are actually saying is that they are about to belabor the point?

The Fan Blows

Sportsradio 950 The Fan continues to make a mockery of its morning updates.

From 6:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The Fan uses recorded updates.

It is hardly on "update" when the news is hours old.

Just now, The Fan's noon "20/20 Update" gave the score and ran highlights of last night's Rockies' 6-2 win over Pittsburgh.

Unfortunately, the Rockies were in the middle of the sixth inning of a live game, leading the Pirates 5-1.

The update references the current game as if it were in the future, saying that Colorado's Jeff Francis "will be opposed by Ian Snell."

By the time this "update" was given, Snell had already been knocked out of the game.

The update script promises "breaking news first, guaranteed."


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The High Cost of Principal

Ralph Papitto, an 80 year old rich guy, resigned from the Board of Directors at Roger Williams University. He used the "N-word" in a meeting, but he says he resigned for other reasons.

Papitto has served on the Roger Williams board for 40 years and has given the school over $7 million. The institution's law school bears his name.

Papitto claims that he

never used the term before. “The first time I heard it was on television and then rap music or something,” Papitto told [radio station] WPRO.

Hey, Ralph, just shut up. No one believes that an 80 year old man has never heard the word "nigger" until he heard it on television. You probably heard it before television was invented.

Of course, many involved with the Rhode Island University are outraged.

Leaders of three student groups at the law school said they want Papitto’s name removed from the Ralph R. Papitto School of Law.

“Several people e-mailed me that it will be a disgrace to have the Papitto name on their resumes and their diplomas,” said student leader Matt Jerzyk in an e-mailed statement.

Roberts also has called for Papitto’s name to be removed from the law school.

Logan plans to present the board with a petition from law students demanding that the school’s name be changed, said university spokeswoman Judi Johnson.

I have no problem with their indignation.

If they are so offended by this man's conduct, they should remove his name from the law school. Of course, they should return his money, too.

What are the odds of that happening? Well, let's just say they are not quite that offended.

More Trouble for the "Strong Arm"

Personal Injury attorney Franklin D. Azar and his firm were reprimanded for missing a federal court date.

The commercial television star of late night ads is also the subject of a number of civil lawsuits for failing to live up to his commercial claims.

Shot Down in a Tuxedo, No Less

It's not everyday you see a photo of a dead guy on the front page of the newspaper.

Monday, July 16, 2007

No Credibility

Sportsradio 950 The Fan outsources its morning updates to an announcer in California.

They might as well be outsourced to India.

Karen Kay gets at least one thing wrong every 20 minutes.

Today she said Colorado Rockie Brad Hawpe hit his 8th homerun yesterday. It was actually his 16th.

The Fan has lost all of its credibility by keeping Kay on the air.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Only in America

From IMDb.com:

Federal Judge Gary Allen Fees ruled in Los Angeles on Thursday that racial discrimination did not figure in the firing of Frank Davis as assistant director in 2002 on 2 Fast 2 Furious. Davis is black. The judge noted that several persons on the production crew of the movie had complained about Davis's job performance. Even the film's director, John Singleton, who is also black, testified that he did not oppose the firing. Universal agreed to settle a civil suit filed by Davis last month for an undisclosed sum.

In other words, a black guy was fired by a black guy and claimed he was fired because he was a black guy.

At least he did not win. The black guy, I mean.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Say What?

Here is the first paragraph from Joyzelle Davis' story, linked above:
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's anonymous online musings are turning into more than just a public relations nightmare.
If the online musings are "anonymous," how do we know they are from Whole Foods CEO John Mackey?

To paraphrase Inigo Montoya, "I do not think that word means what you think it means."

Unintended Costs

Everyone should read "Freakonomics" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.

The book explains that decisions have hidden costs. At least, they are hidden to those that do not look.

Often, the costs are not discovered by those looking for them until much later. They are never discovered by those that do not look for them.

For instance, the federal government's decision to subsidize corn farming to encourage the production of ethanol. (See the Rocky Mountain News article in today's paper.)

According to the News' article by Gargi Chakrabarty, the federal government gives a 51 cent a gallon tax credit to ethanol blenders and imposes a 54 cents a gallon tariff on imported ethanol.

At first glance, the development of a domestic alternative to oil as a source of energy sounds like a great idea. What could possibly be wrong with that?

Hidden costs.

The market for corn has experienced increased demand. The additional buyers for corn have raised the price. Companies buy the corn to make ethanol, thereby making the price for those that want to eat it rise.

Tortillas are a staple of the Mexican diet. Ethanol has made the price of this basic food rise out of the reach of many of the poorest people. The cost of beef has risen, too.

Cows are fed corn. When corn prices go up, the cost of beef goes up.

Cows produce milk. The cost of milk rises, too.

Other crops are squeezed out. It becomes more profitable to grow corn than beets. Fewer beets result in a shortage in supply. That results in the higher cost of beets. (Some would say that the harder it is to buy beets the better. Beets are horrible. I will not argue with them on that point.)

Corn takes more water to grow than most other crops. Guess what? That makes the price of water rise. In dry states like Colorado, that makes a huge difference.

Somehow, the well-intentioned policy of creating an alternative energy source has resulted in hunger.

Rises in food prices hurt the poor more than the rich. Why? Because the poor have to spend a higher percentage of their budget on food. They are not buying luxuries. A rise in corn prices can be more easily offset by the rich than by the poor.

Erego, government subsidies to the ethanol industry result on a tax on the poor.

That is certainly an unintended cost of the program, but one that should have been considered.

Policy makers must consider that if action A results in B, do the costs of C, D, E, F and G make B worthwhile?

It will almost always be subject to legitimate debate. Not knowing enough to have the debate, however, is inexcusable.

The free market is not perfect. Government intervention in the free market is almost always worse.

That does not mean that the government should never intervene in the free market. It just means that the hidden costs of that intervention should be considered before any policy is made.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A Racist NY Times Headline

"Black Jury Having Trouble With Verdict"

I could not believe what I had read. Why would the NY Times print such a thing? Are they saying a black jury is not smart enough to figure out a verdict? Why even mention that the jury is black?

Then I read the article. The name of the defendant is "Conrad Black."


Monday, July 09, 2007

Some Rocky Love

ESPN.com's Jayson Stark picks Colorado left fielder Matt Holiday as the National League MVP so far. He also gives Rocky shortstop Troy Tulowitzki consideration for Rookie of the Year before giving the nod to Houston Astro Hunter Pence.

Sunday, July 08, 2007


There is a billboard on Lincoln near downtown. It says that steak is "why man invented fire."

No, it is not. I understand the hyperbole inherent in advertising, but fire was not "invented" at all. It was discovered.

I'm just saying.

Sunday, July 01, 2007


Michael Moore's new film, SiCKO, concerns the health care system in the United States.

The newspaper ads for the film quote A.O. Scott of the New York Times, "'SiCKO' IS MICHAEL MOORE'S FUNNIEST MOVIE TO DATE!"

I find that a curious selling point on a film that purports to be a documentary.