Monthly Archives: June 2007

Great news!

And people think I’m not a conservationist

“I think the bald eagle is probably the single biggest success story around the Endangered Species Act,” said Sue Cass, who heads the winter raptor survey for the Boulder County Nature Association.

The federal government seems to agree. On Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to officially remove bald eagles from the “threatened” list protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Excellent!! Having seen a bald eagle up close, I can tell you they are a magnificent bird.   Now maybe we can save some humans in Africa by loosening up that DDT ban just a bit.

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Just desserts

And not the good kind….

Bill Barnes says he was scratching off a losing $2 lottery ticket inside a gas station when he felt a hand slip into his front-left pants pocket, where he had $300 in cash.

He immediately grabbed the person’s wrist with his left hand and started throwing punches with his right, landing six or seven blows before a store manager intervened.

“I guess he thought I was an easy mark,” Barnes, 72, told The Grand Rapids Press for a story Tuesday.

He chose poorly.

I’m thinking the thief’s gonna get a lot of grief from some of his new neighbors in the slammer.

I imagine a lawsuit against the ex-marine is coming in 3…2….1.

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Helicopters everywhere; A tip for citizen journalists

…yesterday afternoon.  Now I know why.

A police officer and another man are both expected to be okay, after they were hit by an unmarked police car during a foot chase on Tuesday afternoon.
It all started when police were called about a robbery at First United Bank on East Colfax Avenue and Jersey Street.

Police say a man stole a car from a nearby home.

Officers caught up with the man a short distance away.

When the officer approached the car, the man ran. SKY9 was there as the foot chase began.

The officer knocked the man down about a half block later at East Colfax and Hudson. The man got up to run again and that is when the unmarked police car hit them both. The man was thrown several feet into the street and the officer went up on the hood.

Yikes!  I imagine there was a little chat between cop A and cop B about driving and braking.  Here’s the video.  Excellent!!

Meanwhile, here’s a tip though for all you budding reporters out there.  If you’re not sure about where news might be happening and you don’t have a police scanner, or a editor telling you where to go, look up in the air.  Usually a helicopter hovering overhead means that something interesting is going on.  Go check it out.  Realize it may be just traffic, but who knows.

If you see several helicopters hovering over one spot, that’s definitely news.  Just remember, stay out of the way of the cops.  You don’t want to get hassled…or in this case run over.

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This can’t be “4real”

Really, it can’t…

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand authorities have blocked a couple’s bid to officially name their new son “4real,” saying numerals are not allowed.

I’m not into censorship at all, but think of the children…..the ones that will be teasing this kid, that is.

Didn’t Johnny Cash teach you anything?

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Rox stomp Yanks, sports cranks cry “foul”

…and I love it.

Jeff Francis struck out a career-best nine in seven solid innings, and Matt Holliday homered and drove in three runs to lead the Colorado Rockies past the New York Yankees 6-1 on Wednesday night.

These are some hot Rox! And those fellas from the Fan are feelin’ the heat. They’ve been talking about all the hate mail they’ve been getting, but to their credit, they know how to keep the streak alive. They’re still sticking this years team for past team’s ineptitude.

Good!

The second these guys start praising the team, the Rockies will go colder than a six-pack in iced salt water (tip from Mythbusters).
By the way, if the Rocks put the broom to the Bronx Bums today it’s FREE PIZZA at Johnny’s New York Pizza in Lakewood!! (I saw it on the news last night and called the station to confirm)

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Paul Potts wins it all

I would be remiss if I didn’t pass Paul Potts’ final performance.

As you read this, Paul’s probably in a studio somewhere.

Well Done!

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Don’t they remember?

Speaking of the Rockies, what do I find in the Denver Post today?  This nugget.

Hey, Charlie. As long as you’re up, would it be too much trouble to buy a little something for your loyal fans?

How about a pitcher? No, I don’t mean Coors Light. We’ve had our fill of a watered-down product around here. To be taken seriously, the Rockies need another strong arm in the starting rotation.

As the Geico Caveman says “Uh, What?”

To see how crazy this article is, we need to look at some Rockies history…

In 1995, the Rox opened up Coors Field and had their best season ever.  They led the division until late in the year and ended up winning the Wild Card.  Right before the All-Star Break, the Rockies made a blockbuster trade for a big name pitcher, Bret Saberhagen.  He was o.k., but got hurt and bolted for Boston.   Since then big name pitchers have been brought in. Mike Hampton, Bill Swift,  Denny Naegle, and Darryl Kile were all pitchers the Rockies paid, and overpaid, good money for.  In fact, the Rockies have been hamstrung by the salaries they’ve had to continue to pay for these pitchers who are a sad distant memory.

And what did these guys do for the Rockies?

Hampton (21-28), Swift (14-10), Neagle (19-23), Kile (21-30), and Saberhagen (2-1) combined for a whopping record of 77 wins and 92 losses.

Not good.

To quote George Santayana, “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it”, but Mark Kiszla knows history, and he’s made a living on bashing the Rockies.  Heck, he’s the only guy I know who’s been banned even once from the Rox Clubhouse, and he’s been banned twice.  First, he was caught rifling through a former player’s locker…

The Baseball Writers Association of America has revoked its accreditation of Denver Post columnist Mike Kiszla for the rest of the season after he admitted examining pills from the locker of Colorado Rockies slugger Dante Bichette.

Then he got the whole staff for the Denver Post kicked out of the interview room after  this article.  I was in the interview room that night when Colorado Manager Clint Hurdle asked all Denver Post reporters to leave.  It’s getting old to be bashing a team based on personal issues rather than performance.

This recent Rockies upturn must be getting to him, poor guy.

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