A little track analogy. Canisius 23-Stepinac 10, after Stepinac led 10-6 at the end of the third period.
The game was dominated by two things: the wind and the Canisius kicker, who was selected as the offensive player of the game. Amongst other things (like great kickoffs) he had three field goals, including a 60 yarder!
Stepinac had a chance to win at the end. Trailing 16-10 with two minutes left, they had first down on the Canisius 20, but couldn't go anywhere and on fourth down, threw a pick 6, which made the final score a little bit out of step with the actual game.
Considering the weather conditions and travelling to Mitchel Field on Long Island, Stepinac had a good turnout of supporters.
With a two-week layoff, and after such an emotionally charged win over rival Iona Prep for the league title, Stepinac could view Sunday's Catholic state championship as a bit anti-climactic. Not so, said senior Malcolm Major.
The Stepinac running back believes his team's season will be remembered differently with one more win.
"We're not satisfied with 12-0," Major said. "We have one more game. Thirteen-and-oh is a lot better than 12-1, so we have to finish what we started and remain undefeated."
His Crusaders arguably enter the game with a deeper roster, a fact made even more stark by Canisius playing without two-way starters Brad Zaffram, a two-time all-state linebacker, and two-way lineman James Thomas, who are both suspended.
Still, Canisius has plenty working it its favor. Canisius, also named the Crusaders, beat both last year's (Aquinas) and this year's (Jamestown) Class AA state champions and finished 3-0 against opponents from football-rich Ohio. They are ranked No. 34 nationally by USA Today.
The Buffalo-area school also boasts the state's top recruit, senior TJ Wheatley, who has offers from Alabama and Oregon, among others. At 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, he is an imposing presence at defensive end.
"He's a really impressive player," Major said. "He gets after it and he is a specimen. He's probably going to be the biggest player we've faced in my high school career, but I'm not going to let that get to me."
For Stepinac, the fear will be that Wheatley and his defense will, in fact, contain its bevy of playmakers. The run-first, defensive-minded team should be well rested after playing just twice in a 36-day span. Canisius actually had a full week off during the recent Buffalo snowstorm that dropped as much as 6 feet on players' homes.
Cassidy, a medical doctor, first elected to a Baton Rouge-area congressional seat in 2008, ran an uninspiring but mistake-free campaign that capitalized on increasing hostility to the Democratic party in Louisiana and throughout the Deep South.
It was the final major race of a 2014 election cycle in which Republicans won nearly every battleground Senate election, gained three governorships and at least 246 House seats. Democrats’ efforts to localize many of these contests fell flat, and Republicans succeeded in making the election a referendum on the unpopular president.
I believe my mother was at a Yankee game, when word came over the loudspeakers for all armed forces members to report to their units.
More than a dozen Pearl Harbor survivors, each more than 90 years old, gathered in Hawaii this week to share stories as they marked the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed 2,400 sailors, Marines and soldiers.
The gathering has been called the last meeting for the USS Arizona Reunion Association – comprised of the remaining nine survivors of the USS Arizona, a battleship that sank in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack.
But Louis Conter isn’t ready to talk about the end.
"I don't think this is going to be our last. ... We've still got time to go," said Conter, 93, of Grass Valley, Calif. "We'll be back out here no matter whether the rest of the crowd can make it or not."
This is from The Telegraph (UK). What a pity. I think one of the cable channels showed a special on this guy, and his struggle to loss weight/survive. There are many good points in the article - by the way, a stone is 14 pounds. At his maximum, he weighed 980 lbs.
"In Keith's case, it's a shame because he'd had successful surgery despite being high-risk because of his size. It was unlucky he then caught pneumonia.
"Bariatric surgery can be a very good thing for the people who need it.
"We can't ignore they are here and they need help. Once a patient hits a BMI of 30-35 it is extremely difficult for them to lose weight on their own. If they are not treated they can require a lot of medical help which can be very costly.
"If they can get the weight off they can improve their health and mobility and maybe contribute to society rather than being a burden.
Prior to the weight-loss surgery, Mr Martin recorded a video message to his family in case he didn't survive.
He said: "Hi guys, I just wanted to let you know that I love you guys and thanks for being there for me. You can tell the rest of the family I love them and thanks for the support. Take care of each other."
Mr Martin's weight ballooned after he became seriously depressed in his twenties.
He blamed blamed the bingeing on depression and anxiety which he developed after his mother died - also of pneumonia - when he was 16.
Mr Martin, who used to spend his days playing video games and watching TV, explained in 2012: "I started eating to ease the pain and before I knew it, I was binging every time something upset me.
"I've always been depressed. I am an agoraphobic - I'm afraid of public places - but it was never treated.
"I just want to be happy, without needing food to make me happy."
I think we can all agree that there are scenes in popular movies and plays from decades ago that cause us to say, wow, that is not gonna fly these days.
But is “Ugg a Wugg” really in that category? “Ugg a Wugg” is the song that Peter Pan sings with the “Indian” girl Tiger Lily. It’s about counting on each other. It has lyrics that children would make up and is a nonsense friendship song. Not only is it not about Native Americans, but the mythical tribe it so positively portrays allows the play to introduce themes of bonding amongst diverse groups, equality between the sexes, and brotherhood across racial identity.
Tiger Lily and her tribe are not Native Americans. They live in a made-up place: Neverland. How do you get there? Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning. That is not an actual place. Google Map it — it won’t come up.
UPDATE: See comments below on where this quote came from
Sent to me by my friend Graham (an old Jamaica buddy and rugby player).
Great Quote ?
"The Budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance." - Cicero, 55 BC
So, evidently, we've learned bugger all over the past 2,069 years.
December 7, 2014 - 2:00 PM Mitchell Field 1 Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Uniondale NY 11553 Tickets available at game, $5 general admissionIf you can't make the game, watch it on www.msgvarsity.comor go toBb Hyland's Sports Page Pub (Hamilton Ave, White Plains)Emma's Ale House (Gedney Way, White Plains)Rye Road House (High Street, Rye)GO CRUSADERS!
“Lefties exhibit economically and statistically significant human capital deficits relative to righties, even conditional on infant health and family background,” Goodman writes. “Lefties work in more manually intensive occupations than do righties, further suggesting that their primary labor market disadvantage is cognitive rather than physical.”
Uh-oh. And it gets worse.
“Lefties have more emotional and behavioral problems, have more learning disabilities such as dyslexia, complete less schooling, and work in occupations requiring less cognitive skill,” Goodman said.
But leftie pitchers are in demand! And four of last seven Presidents have been left-handed (but maybe that proves the point?).
In 1974, Chuck Schumer stepped out of Harvard Law School and into the New York state legislature, never practicing a day of law. In 1998, the 24th year of his chosen career, Mr. Schumer entered the U.S. Senate.
Sen. Schumer’s chosen career is the bloodless business of political protection. In order, that includes a) him, b) his base of power and c) his party. Common to all three is winning, not losing, elections.
And what does one imagine these professional Democrats were telling each other? Here’s a guess: They now realize that Barack Obama and the politics he represents—the politics of the progressive left—is undermining their party’s electoral future at every level of government.
Because Sen. Schumer supported ObamaCare and defended other Obama policies, his critics say he’s a hypocrite. Oh my. Maybe these people didn’t understand the terms of the prenuptial agreement at this level of politics: Chuck Schumer was on board for whatever ride, program or gimmick the Democratic left wanted, so long as members of the party family kept winning re-election. Now they are not.
After reciting the tax situation in Maryland which lead to a Republican winning the governorship in a Democratic state, the column finishes -
What are the odds that any Democrat of national prominence, including Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer, would now adopt lower taxes as party policy? It’s less than zero, so long as the left’s grip on party policy holds. Call that the Elizabeth Warren Effect.
By default, the Republicans own what looks like one of the most populist, middle-class issues out there—get the government’s hands out of my family’s pockets.
It’s the kind of thing you might expect Mitch McConnell to say, but the words are from a fellow member of the Senate’s class of 1984—Tom Harkin of Iowa, who retires next month. He’s generally considered one of the most liberal Senate Democrats.
Harkin is the second Democratic senator to criticize ObamaCare in recent days—New York’s Chuck Schumer was the first—and of the two critiques, Harkin’s is by far the more substantive. Schumer, as we noted last week, framed his criticism in purely political terms and affirmed the belief that ObamaCare was still good policy.
Of course if you read the whole column, you find out that Harkin's criticism was that the mistake was not having the government completely take over healthcare ...
“Congress should have enacted ‘single-payer right from the get-go or at least put a public option [which] would have simplified a lot.’ ”
There are two reasons why all of this is irrelevant. First, the defeat was set in stone months ago, if not earlier. Sixth-year midterms are almost always bad for the incumbent president’s party. This one was made worse because President Obama’s popularity and approval were at a low ebb, the economic recovery had yet to reach average families and the news from overseas was unremittingly bleak. In September, half a dozen political scientists using various models published their predictions, and most of them got within hailing distance of the actual House and Senate results.
Second, what’s past is past. Democrats failed to deliver what the people wanted, and Republican candidates feasted on that failure. What matters now is the agendas that both parties present to the country over the next two years.
The American people are sending a large and urgent message to Washington: We want an economy that works for all of us, not just a favored few, and nothing we’ve heard from either party so far convinces us that you know how to get us there. Although it was a tactical mistake to reopen the muted intraparty debate over the Affordable Care Act, the broader point that New York Sen. Chuck Schumer recently made—that Democrats need to refocus on the well-being of average Americans—is incontestable.
Stating the obvious I suppose.
Looking to the past will not yield a winning formula for the future. Thoughtful Republicans understand that “Back to Reagan” is not enough. For their part, Democrats must resist the temptation to stir a jigger of populism into the policy brew of the 1990s and repackage the cocktail as an agenda for 2016.
Instead, we should spend the next two years debating answers to the questions that will define the country’s future. ...
if you can't get in through the link and want to read more then the excerpts above, email me and I'll send it.
At most public universities, only 19 percent of full-time students earn a bachelor’s degree in four years, the report found. Even at state flagship universities — selective, research-intensive institutions — only 36 percent of full-time students complete their bachelor’s degree on time.
Nationwide, only 50 of more than 580 public four-year institutions graduate a majority of their full-time students on time. ... The problem is even worse at community colleges, where 5 percent of full-time students earned an associate degree within two years, and 15.9 percent earned a one- to two-year certificate on time.
Each year, the report said, 1.7 million students begin college in remediation, including a majority of community college students — but only one in 10 remedial students ever graduate.
While there is widespread agreement that graduation rates are too low, some education experts said they wished Complete College America had considered faculty issues and how much students actually learn.
“They’re too focused on efficiency and not enough on quality,” said Debra Humphreys, a spokeswoman for the Association of American Colleges and Universities. “Yes, we have a huge completion problem, but we also have a problem that a lot of students graduated without learning what they need.”
Much like how people abandoned land lines for mobile devices, consumers will likely begin to adopt new ways of powering their homes instead of being completely reliant on utility companies, said James Wrathall, an attorney in the the energy finance group at Sullivan & Worcester.
"I think consumers are gaining power in the equation and they are seeing these availabilities of this technology and they are seeing the benefit economically and they are going to demand it and they are going to get it," Wrathall said.
While potentially great for consumers, this change could spell trouble for electric utilities, according to a report by the research firm Morningstar published earlier this year.
"Distributed generation (DG) could be the end of utilities as we know them today," Morningstar said in the report. "Utilities' centralized network monopolies break down when customers become self-sufficient competitors."
While improvements in distributed generation will make it easier for people to leverage microgrids in the near-term, advancements in solar and battery technologies will help drive the power shift even further, ...
"The improvement of batteries will be fundamental to a revolution that will make any kind of living off the grid not just possible, but easy," Cascio said.
In fact, they are key to the transition.
"Batteries, really energy storage, is fundamentally necessary. It would be like the Internet without servers. It's fine to generate power, but inherently to live off a micro grid or to be off the grid you have to find a way to store power in the equation," Wrathall said.
A Company mentioned in this article - Solar City - is the one we are working with.
THE MMQB: (to Mealamu) How were you trained to tackle? How does one execute a proper rugby tackle? MEALAMU: We have to do quite a bit of tracking work first, following a player while he is coming forward, a guy who is possibly quicker than you. So a lot of our tackling depends on proper footwork, to set up a good shoulder tackle. In rugby you’re taught to put your head on the [ball carrier’s] right side and get a good shoulder on them, which also helps from a safety point of view.
THE MMQB: Stephen, how do you get guys on the ground? PAEA: I learned to tackle from rugby. One of the weakest parts of your body is your neck. I was taught that early. I learned to lead with the same shoulder as my forward foot. That came from rugby. I learned that if you take big strides the runner can go either way and get past you, but if you take short steps and lower your center of gravity, you can make the play.
Seeing first-hand the small Palestinian territory, scarred by the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas, Cardinal Nichols said he found himself shocked by a number of observations:
"I was told that more or less 50% of the people of Gaza have had their houses damaged or destroyed in this conflict. [Another] thing I found shocking was how endemic the poverty is of the ordinary people.
"There was very little constructive economic activity I could see. Many factories seemed to have been destroyed. What you saw on the streets were workshops where old spare parts of cars were adapted to keep the current cars going - a second-hand market.
"[There was a lot of] second-hand wrought iron work taken from the rubble and bricks recirculated, and the normal markets selling foodstuffs, fruit and vegetables, but that isn't enough to sustain a population of 1.5m people.
"The poverty is a deep problem - especially when the birth rate is so high in Gaza - a whole generation of people are growing up in these circumstances."
Cardinal Nichols celebrated Mass for the Catholic community of around 150 people at the Holy Family parish in Gaza City and visited an orphanage run by the Sisters of Mother Teresa where 38 children and babies are cared for.
Finally, the Cardinal visited the Rosary School, run by the Sisters of the Rosary, a kindergarten and an elementary school for about 800 pupils - the majority Muslims.
In his homily at Sunday Mass, Cardinal Nichols praised the parish community for offering the shelter of its compound to Orthodox Christians and Muslims during the conflict.
In1994, Brown told the New Hampshire Sunday News he believed in a wide-ranging conspiracy, involving politicians including Bill Clinton, George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev, to “deprive Americans of their liberty”. He predicted a violent “revolution” in the US.
The couple, armed with assault rifles and pipe bombs, entertained like-minded visitors during the standoff and even held a picnic, which ultimately led to their arrest.
Undercover US marshals, pretending that they were supporters delivering goods from Elaine Brown’s dental practice, were invited into the house. Ed Brown initially kept an assault rifle trained on the marshals as they unloaded items, but lowered the weapon once he became comfortable, according to court documents. The group shared beer and pizza before additional marshals were called in to make the arrest.
Following the couple’s arrest, a court said the property was host to “a vast supply of explosives, firearms, and ammunition, including rifles, armor piercing bullets, pipe bombs, and bombs nailed to trees”.
“Why are you still on Martha’s Vineyard?! Missouri is BURNING. Putin is conquering Europe. The CDC is playing nude Twister with Ebola patients. U2 is forcing bad songs on everyone. The NSA won’t stop watching me masturbate. I need you ON THIS. Are you even president anymore? When Obama got blasted for golfing shortly after ISIS beheaded journalist James Foley, he said, ‘I should’ve anticipated the optics.’ How do you win the presidency without knowing that golfing makes you look rich and indifferent?”
This is from the weekly "Peace and Life Connections" email newsletter. Originally the group was "the Seamless Garment Network, promoting the consistent ethic of life.
Countries Move in the Right Direction
Countries that had used to have nuclear weapons but don’t any more: Belarus, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Ukraine
Countries that had widespread legalized abortion but stopped: Nicaragua & Poland (and they both had maternal mortality go down!)
Countries that have abolished the death penalty since 2000, in rough order of having done so: Cote D’Ivoire, Malta, Bosnia-Herzegovina Serbia, Montenegro, Bhutan, Samoa, Senegal, Turkey, Liberia, Mexico, the Philippines, Albania, Rwanda, Uzbekistan, Chile, Argentina, Burundi, Togo, Latvia, and Bolivia
Not written by me of course. (Here are my thanksgiving thoughts this year. My Thanksgiving )
We added a couple of lines at the beginning about the people who were no longer with us - had left us this year.
We Give Thanks
Our Father in Heaven, We give thanks for the pleasure Of gathering together for this occasion. We give thanks for this food Prepared by loving hands. We give thanks for life, The freedom to enjoy it all And all other blessings. As we partake of this food, We pray for health and strength To carry on and try to live as You would have us. This we ask in the name of Christ, Our Heavenly Father.
I suppose, that in a certain way, with all the relations and friends who've died this year, a case could be made for "what's to give thanks for?"
But of course I don't see it that way.
My mother Jeanne died at the age of 88 after a long and productive life, and 21 years of widowhood. I am happy we had her for as long as we did, even with her disabilities and a certain level of dementia at the end. It is a great blessing that despite her disabilities, her cheerful and upbeat personality remained intact to the very end.
My sister-in-law Kate. Losing her suddenly - quite a blow. Staggering really. In my mind's eye, she will always be the pretty, cheerful, vivacious, personable 36 year old woman I met in the summer of '78. What a charmer.
And then Croton friends of mine ( and Knights of Columbus) - huge contributors to Croton and our parish Church - Jim Moore and Rich Fuerst.
The death of Fr. Benedict Groeschel - not unexpected but still saddening. The family guru - he had a big influence on Brigid and I, in so many ways. HA! Just remembered that Brigid and he were in jail together at the same time, for the same act of civil disobedience - must have been 22 or 23 years ago. Anyway, what a productive life he had - with a great legacy of books and videos, and a whole reformed religious community.
So I'm celebrating this weekend and giving thanks - a lot to be thankful for.
As I was driving back to Croton from Mt. Kisco I was treated to an utterly fantastic sunset, with the light reflecting and shimmering off the reservoir system - utterly stunning. And I couldn't get a picture - no place to stop my car, and jump out! So I called Brigid - and she had already taken some pictures with her phone from our house.
Here's the best - nice but it doesn't really do it justice. Perhaps the atmospherics creating the spectacle last evening were a preliminary to the storm today?
CNN wins the 25-54 demographic, but FOX narrowly wins (compared to their usual swamping of rivals) the total viewership. Megyn Kelly had a mammoth viewership by cable standards - 7.25 million. Interesting how when news is on forefront of people's minds the CNN numbers do go up. MSNBC #'s were relatively microscopic.
The Farandas channel surfed between CNN and FOX that night, although we tuned out early - around 10:45.
KURIAKOSE ELIAS CHAVARA, born Feb. 10, 1805, in Kainakary, India. Chavara was a priest who contributed to the growth of the Syro-Malabar Church, one of 22 Eastern rite churches that remain in full communion with Rome. As the first vicar general of the Syro-Malabar Church in the Verapoli diocese, he worked to prevent the threat of a schism, and was the author of numerous spiritual, liturgical and poetic works. He died in 1871, and was beatified by John Paul II on Feb. 8, 1986.
EUFRASIA ELUVATHINGAL, born Oct. 17, 1877 to an aristocratic family in India's Kerala state. Baptized Rose, she took her religious vows in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Mother of Carmel in 1900. She lived an austere life of prayer, becoming known as "the prayerful mother." She died in 1952 and was beatified on Dec. 3, 2006.
And here are a couple of stats, with the penalty #'s showing why Stepinac offense had trouble getting untracked, as well as their way below average passsing stats. the complete stats are in the article linked above.
Here's an interesting story. Francis Xavier, now the Patron Saint of the Missions, was a co-founder of the Jesuits and worked through Asia. I didn't know he had an incorrupt body which is now in Goa, India. He died on a beach in China in 1552.