Yes, just a few things of interest today.
Atheist De-baptize Themselves.
Good luck with that. These bozos are going through the process of un-doing their baptisms they received as children. I guess they feel a need to let everyone know that they are not Christians. Don’t worry atheists, we were on the up and up already. No one was mistaking you for believers.
Ten Vices That Are Good For You
From CNN.com comes a list of 10 vices that are good for you. I’m not sure some of the would be considered vices, such as eating dark chocolate, but it’s their list. This list includes sleeping, morning coffee, healthy sex (which only comes between a man and women who are lawfully married), drinking a glass of wine, etc. Like I said, in the proper context, none of these things are truly vices… except maybe the massage. But I’m open to debate on that one.
Houston Astros Will Return to the World Series by 2015
This, of course, is from the department of “we hope you don’t remember this prediction when 2015 rolls around.” But Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle is saying with the recent draft picks and signees the Astros have made, that we should expect the team to return to the World Series by 2015. For those of us who are Astros fans, this is as about as hopeful as it gets. We’re not chanting, “wait till next year!” We’re chanting, “Wait for 5 years!” How is that for you?
As we wait, more and more of us are slowly becoming Rangers fans. By the time 2015 rolls around, the Rangers will have won a series or two.
Here is some of what Justice writes:
If you’re keeping count, the Astros have spent close to $20 million to bring 95 new players into their system the last two years.
This year, they’ve spent $10.7 million on 43 new guys, and who’s to say some of them aren’t as good as Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt, etc.?
These aren’t your 2007 Astros. That was the year the club failed to sign three of its top six draft picks, leading, in part, to the front office overhaul in which Drayton McLane hired GM Ed Wade, who hired scouting director Bobby Heck, who doesn’t mess around.
Wade has succeeded in doing something his predecessors had a tough time with. That is, he has convinced McLane that the one and only way to build a successful big league franchise is by doing the right things in player development.
Once more, the Astros have done that. There are no guarantees with these young guys. If one of them turns out to be an All-Star and two more become contributors on playoff teams, it will have been a terrific draft.
But the first step is writing the big checks, and the Astros again did they. They shelled out $7.2 million to sign their 35 2010 draft picks. That’s a big jump from the $5.5 million they paid for 36 draft picks in 2009, most of that increase coming from picking higher.
They signed 35 of 52 picks in all, including 16 of the top 18. Let’s hope there are a half-dozen future All-Stars in that group.
Texas Ranks Best State to Recruit Running Backs for 2011
Bleacher Report does a great job putting together lists that compare various aspects of college sports. One such list gives us the top states for potential 2011 recruits at the running back position with the state at number 1. The State of Texas will offer up four running backs ranked as 5-star players, five running backs at 4-star players, and 15 running back with 3-star ratings. That is a bevy of backs and if they all stay in Texas schools, the collective offensive output should increase over the next few years. Given that offenses at schools like A&M, t.u., Texas Tech, etc., have all improved over the years, the years, the Texas schools would be unstoppable.
Thomas Sowell ON Bean Counters and the Baloney Put Forth as Racism
The bean-counters have struck again– this time in the sports pages. Two New York Times sport writers have discovered that baseball coaches from minority groups are found more often coaching at first base than at third base. Moreover, third-base coaches become managers more often than first-base coaches.
This may seem to be just another passing piece of silliness. But it is part of a more general bean-counting mentality that turns statistical differences into grievances. The time is long overdue to throw this race card out of the deck and start seeing it for the gross fallacy that it is.
At the heart of such statistics is the implicit assumption that different races, sexes and other subdivisions of the human species would be proportionately represented in institutions, occupations and income brackets if there was not something strange or sinister going on.
I love it when Sowell addresses the issue of racism, because he puts it into perspective. He continues:
In countries around the world, all sorts of groups differ from each other in all sorts of ways, from rates of alcoholism to infant mortality, education and virtually everything that can be measured, as well as in some things that cannot be quantified. If black and white Americans were the same, they would be the only two groups on this planet who are the same.
One of the things that got us started on heavy-handed government regulation of the housing market were statistics showing that blacks were turned down for mortgage loans more often than whites. The bean-counters in the media went ballistic. It had to be racism, to hear them tell it.
What they didn’t tell you was that whites were turned down more often than Asians. What they also didn’t tell you was that black-owned banks also turned down blacks more often than whites. Nor did they tell you that credit scores differed from group to group. Instead, the media, the politicians and the regulators grabbed some statistics and ran with them.
The bean-counters are everywhere, pushing the idea that differences show injustices committed by society. As long as we keep buying it, they will keep selling it– and the polarization they create will sell this country down the river.
Read the entire article here.
Only 14 more days until the Texas Aggies start their football season and their march to the return to supremacy!!!