Mister Pterodactyl
Sunday, September 30, 2007
So I'm watching the game
Brett Favre to Greg Jennings in the first quarter, touchdown. That's 421 and counting.

The occasion was (apparently) so momentous that the officials paused the game for congratulations from the commissioner and a prerecorded message from Dan Marino. It was brief and classy and then everyone got back to work.

[What nobody mentioned, though, was that technically Favre will break the record again* with every single touchdown pass he throws from now on. Are they going to celebrate all of them? Isn't 422 just as big as 421? I think so. However I'm anticipating a lot more touchdown passes, not to mention wins, this year and it could get pretty annoying. Let's just enjoy this one and move on.]

Of course there'll be a press conference after the game in which Brett will downplay the record and say he really just wanted the win. [Update: sure enough.]
Now, I realize that this is a bit radical, I certainly don't want to shock anyone, but ... my research suggests that there's a correlation* between the number of touchdowns we get and the number of games we win. Keep throwing, dude.

UPDATE: 422, and sure enough they didn't stop the game. The commentators JC Pearson and Ron Pitts (excellent, by the way) did bring it up though. "Do you think 422 goes to Canton too? It broke the record of the ball that broke the record..." or words to that effect.
Further thoughts: that Packers/Cowboys game November 29th is starting to look pretty important, eh? Too bad it's on the NFL Network so nobody'll see it.
Even further thoughts: damn fine sports weekend, wasn't it? Badgers win a tough one amid many upsets (speaking of big games, Badgers at Buckeyes November 3rd, don't be surprised if they're still both undefeated), and the Brewers win out despite being eliminated from the playoffs. Wheee!

*Will Tuesday Morning Quarterback mention that? Past experience says no. Tune in to Mister Pterodactyl for the real football analysis!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Steal this post

I stole it, after all, from this guy. I check in with his blog once in a while, and if I did more often I might have gotten this sooner.
Constitution is one week and 220 years old today. Therefore...

I still know it by heart.
Monday, September 17, 2007
The problem with universal health insurance
"Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York announced her second attempt today at achieving universal [health care] coverage..."

You know the problem with universal health care? I just don't see why my tax money should be going to some amorphous blob-person on Omicron Persei 8 (or wherever) every time it gets the Rigellian flu. I mean, I'm sure the OP 8-ians are perfectly nice people and all, okay maybe they're not 'people' per se, the thing is why should I be paying for them? I've got my own problems, and at least I don't live in a helium/ammonia atmosphere. That can't be good for you.
But I digress. The point is that universal coverage may sound great on paper, but in reality you're looking at an endless government boondoggle that's only going to get bigger. I'm not trying to pick on Omicron Persei 8 here either. Seriously, who knows how many are out there?
And we're going to cover them all? Is that what Hillary really wants? Is it what you want?
Thursday, September 06, 2007
I think I got it
Stephen Green liveblogged the latest Republican 'debate' [Latest unless there's been another in the last 24 hours. Has there been?] Here's a brief excerpt: "8:17pm Romney just promised to make 'the Bush tax cuts permanent.'"

There's something that always bothered me about tax cuts, and I could never quite put my finger on why. I think I get it now.
It's this: tax cuts can be "temporary" and "expire" after a set period unless they're "extended" or "made permanent."
As if the taxes have always been there, as if the taxes are natural. And we can tinker with them, but they'll always come back unless we pay real close attention. Kind of like that grass that comes up between chunks of sidewalk. And that's how it's supposed to be.

Shouldn't it be the other way around? Congress should be debating whether to renew taxes, not tax cuts. They, and the administration, should all get together every so often. Say, every four years. They could get together every four years and discuss whether to re-enact the tax laws they decided on four years ago, whether to change them and so on.
Every four years. During leap year. In the summertime, so it'll be right before you-know-what.

UPDATE: At the present time, monkeys are not flying out of my butt. I will alert you if this changes. Watch this space.

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