Friday, August 12, 2005

Thou art no Romeo Famed swan couple is all-female

Boston's beloved pair of swans -- feted by city leaders, residents, and tourists alike as one of the Hub's most celebrated summer attractions -- are a same-sex couple. Yes, scientific tests have shown that the pair, named Romeo and Juliet, are really Juliet and Juliet.

The city's Parks and Recreation Department conducted the tests months ago, but didn't announce the results for fear of destroying the image of a Shakespearean love story unfolding each year in the Public Garden.

''Each year when the swans go in, the kids immediately come to us and say, 'Which one's Romeo, and which one's Juliet?' " parks spokeswoman Mary Hines said yesterday in response to a Globe inquiry. ''It's just like one of those fairy tales; why spoil it?"

This year and last, the swans have laid eggs in the spring and then stood guard at the nest as visitors and nearby residents made regular pilgrimages, hoping to see the eggs hatch. Neither batch did. Turns out, that's because they were never fertilized by a male swan.

The news ignited something of a debate among swan spectators in the Public Garden yesterday, with some insisting the city now should buy a true Romeo and others saying the city should embrace the two as a couple.

''If these two swans are happy together, they shouldn't have to have a guy," said Emma Stokien, a 15-year-old from New York. ''It's good to have the swans as a symbol of the acceptance in Massachusetts."

Some advocates involved in the heated debate on same-sex marriage took the opportunity to rejuvenate their argument, with a touch of levity.

''I think this proves that there's something in the environment in Massachusetts," Brian Camenker, director of the Article 8 Alliance, a Waltham-based organization fighting same-sex marriage, joked in a telephone interview. ''Maybe it's the water that's causing all this lunacy."

The city has kept swans at the Public Garden lagoon for 16 summers. City parks officials adopted the current Romeo and Juliet a few years ago, after others died. The breeder told the city that both were female, a good fit for the Public Garden because specialists say male swans tend to be aggressive.

But when the eggs showed up last spring and the swans began acting like future parents, park rangers thought the breeder had made a mistake. They began preparing for the first-ever hatching of swan babies, or cygnets, in the Public Garden.

Park rangers constructed a fence around the nest of nine or so eggs and began making regular checks, trying to monitor the progress of the eggs. In mid-July, though, the eggs began to disappear, one by one. The swans themselves had been seen kicking some of them into the nearby lagoon. Speculation abounded that maybe the swans had been inattentive. They tended to abandon the nest for hours on end. Maybe the public attention had disrupted their parenting, some said.

Rangers managed to save one egg with hope of getting to the bottom of the mystery. After testing, they discovered the egg had never been fertilized. And when the swans returned to their winter home at the Franklin Park Zoo, parks officials decided to have their genders tested. Not an easy task, specialists said.

It's not just a matter of turning the birds upside down, said aviculturalist Frederick Beall, general curator of Zoo New England, who performed the tests. It requires inverting the bird's rear quarters and performing a detailed examination of reproductive organs. While there is a small margin of error, Beall said he has no doubt that both Romeo and Juliet are female. ''We are 100 percent certain," he said.

Swans will pair up with members of the same sex if there are no opposite-sex mates available, and one will act out the role of the opposite gender. They tend to stay with the same mates until death, typically between age 20 and 30.

''You could have two males, and they'll go through all the same behaviors, building a nest and sitting on it, but you won't have the eggs," Beall said.

Within an hour of the swans' return to the Public Garden in the spring, Romeo or Juliet -- rangers aren't sure which one -- laid a single egg, built a nest to house it, and began the pre-parental behavior. One would sit on the nest while the other shooed ducks away or went off to drink and feed. Sometimes they switched roles. After a week, though, the swans abandoned the nest, and the egg was found destroyed. Rangers removed the nest and fence, without grieving for the egg that would never hatch. (Swans typically lay only one clutch per year.)

As Romeo and Juliet, who are between 6 and 7 years old, stood on the rim of the lagoon yesterday, where swan boats glided by only yards from their nesting ground, spectators snapped pictures and commented on their beauty.

''They should have a Romeo," lamented Laura Elsheimer, a Hudson resident and owner of Sunshine Taxi Cab.

A visitor from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., suggested that the city should try to have one of next year's eggs fertilized so that Romeo and Juliet could become same-sex parents. ''I'm sure they'd probably be perfect parents," said L.D. Hollingsworth, smiling as he watched the swans grooming themselves.

Some same-sex marriage advocates hoped the swans' celebrity would not be diminished by the revelation of their same-sex status.

Marty Rouse, campaign director of MassEquality, said in a telephone interview: ''We should still cherish and love our swans, no matter whom they choose to swim with."

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Convicting Democrats is New St. Louis Pastime

Friday, July 01, 2005

At least 16 St. Louis area Democrats have been found guilty of election crimes in the last 7 months! biggest vote fraud case in the St. Louis area's history:
Convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit vote fraud during the Nov. 2 election was Charlie Powell Jr., head of the city's powerful Democratic Central Committee and a former city council member. He faces five years in prison.
Convicted of conspiracy and vote fraud and facing five years on each count were:
• Kelvin Ellis, a Democratic precinct committeeman and former East St. Louis city government department head who served a federal prison term for extortion in the early 1990s.• Yvette Johnson, secretary to the city Democratic organization.• Democratic precinct committeemen Sheila Thomas and Jesse Lewis.

Nov. 18: Nine precinct committeemen appear before a federal grand jury probing vote fraud during the Nov. 2 election.December: In St. Louis Six volunteers pleaded guilty in December of dozens of election law violations for filling out the cards with names of the dead and other bogus information. One still faces charges.
January 21: Kelvin Ellis, a top administrator at East St. Louis City Hall, was indicted for plotting to kill a witness in the year long East St. Louis, Illinois federal vote fraud investigation.
February 10: In St. Louis Nonaresa Montgomery was found guilty by a jury of perjury in a trial in St. Louis Circuit Court in the St. Louis vote fraud trial.
March 22: Precinct committeemen Leroy Scott Jr., 46; Lillie Nichols, 51; Terrance R. Stith, 43; and his wife, precinct worker Sandra Stith, 54; plead guilty to one count each of vote-buying.
March 23: The chairman of the East St. Louis Democratic Central Committee and councilman Charles Powell Jr. is charged with conspiracy to commit election fraud. Charged with conspiracy as well as election fraud are East St. Louis City Hall employees Jesse Lewis, Sheila Thomas, Kelvin Ellis, and Yvette Johnson.
June 29: All five defendants are convicted on all counts.That comes out to 16 different Democrats convicted of election violations in the last 7 months in the St. Louis area!That does not include all of the convictions, one Democrat is still being held for attempted murder (trial scheduled for Oct. 17) of a government witness!

Boy, this is hard to believe...

GOP secretly paying legal bills of Bush official charged with conspiring to tamper with New Hampshire elections
August 11, 2005
By John Solomon, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Despite a zero-tolerance policy on tampering with voters, the Republican Party has quietly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide private defense lawyers for a former Bush campaign official charged with conspiring to keep Democrats from voting in New Hampshire.

James Tobin, the president's 2004 campaign chairman for New England, is charged in New Hampshire federal court with four felonies accusing him of conspiring with a state GOP official and a GOP consultant in Virginia to jam Democratic and labor union get-out-the-vote phone banks in November 2002.

A telephone firm was paid to make repeated hang-up phone calls to overwhelm the phone banks in New Hampshire and prevent them from getting Democratic voters to the polls on Election Day 2002, prosecutors allege. Republican John Sununu won a close race that day to be New Hampshire's newest senator. At the time, Tobin was the RNC's New England regional director, before moving to President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign.

A top New Hampshire Party official and a GOP consultant already have pleaded guilty and cooperated with prosecutors. Tobin's indictment accuses him of specifically calling the GOP consultant to get a telephone firm to help in the scheme.

"The object of the conspiracy was to deprive inhabitants of New Hampshire and more particularly qualified voters ... of their federally secured right to vote," states the latest indictment issued by a federal grand jury on May 18.

Since charges were first filed in December, the RNC has spent more than $722,000 to provide Tobin, who has pleaded innocent, a team of lawyers from the high-powered Washington law firm of Williams & Connolly.

The Next Dixie Chicks??


THE ROLLING STONES accuse US President GEORGE W BUSH of being "full of shit" on their new album.

The track ’Sweet Neo Con’, one of the tracks on the forthcoming ’A Bigger Bang’, was already known to be fiercely anti-Bush.

However, frontman Mick Jagger's disdain for the American leader has now been confirmed, with Rolling Stones singer revealing some of the lyrics in an interview with Newsweek.

But the singer has revealed that guitarist Keith Richards, who lives in the US, is a bit worried about the direct nature of the words.

An extract from ’Sweet Neo Con’ features the following lines: "You call yourself a Christian, I call you u a hypocrite/You call yourself a patriot, well I think you're full of shit."

Jagger said of the track: “It is direct. Keith said: ‘It's not really metaphorical.’

”I think he’s a bit worried because he lives in the US. But I don’t.”

’A Bigger Bang’ is released on September 5 and is preceded by the single, ’Streets Of Love’ on August 22. The band begin their forthcoming world tour in Boston on August 21.

America Has A Clear Strategy For Victory In The War On Terror.

Here's the Presidents plan:
America Must Fight The Enemy Abroad, So We Do Not Have To Face Them Here At Home. By using every available tool to keep the enemy on the run, America's Armed Forces can ensure that terrorists spend their days trying to avoid capture, not planning their next attack.
The United States Must Deny Terrorists Sanctuary And The Support Of States.
Mass Murderers Must Not Obtain Weapons Of Mass Destruction. The United States must prevent terrorists from obtaining nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. This must be a global effort involving many countries.
Freedom And Hope Will Defeat An Ideology Of Hate. Through the spread of democracy, the United States can help deny terrorists the ideological victories they seek. Free nations do not support terrorists or invade their neighbors. By advancing the cause of liberty across the world, we will make the world more peaceful and America more secure.
Since September 11th, America Has Made Great Strides In Winning The War On Terror.
The United States Has Removed Brutal Regimes In Afghanistan And Iraq That Harbored Terrorists And Threatened America. Fifty million people were liberated in the process, and both Afghanistan and Iraq have chosen leaders in free elections.
Across The World, Liberty Is On The March. In the last 18 months, we have witnessed a Purple Revolution in Iraq, an Orange Revolution in Ukraine, a Rose Revolution in Georgia, a Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan, and a Cedar Revolution in Lebanon.
The World's Most Dangerous Nuclear Trading Network Has Been Shut Down. The United States has launched the Proliferation Security Initiative, a global effort involving 60 countries to stop shipments of weapons of mass destruction. The black-market network that supplied nuclear weapons technology to North Korea, Libya, and Iran has been shut down, and the government of Libya has even agreed to abandon its nuclear weapons program and rejoin a community of nations.
In The Last Few Weeks, U.S. Forces Have Captured A Number Of Key Terrorists. In Pakistan, one of Osama Bin Laden’s senior terrorist leaders, al-Libbi, was brought to justice. Earlier this week, in Iraq, U.S. forces captured two senior operatives of the terrorist Zarqawi. America has also killed or captured hundreds of terrorists and insurgents near the Syrian border and in a series of raids throughout Baghdad.
The United States Must Transform The Military With New Technologies That Will Make Our Armed Forces Faster, Lighter, And More Lethal. The President will ensure the U.S. military has the best equipment and everything it needs to protect the American people.
The Key To Future Victories Is Transformational Military Capabilities. Since taking office, the Bush Administration has invested $16 billion in these innovative efforts and will add $78 billion over the next four years.
Research And Development Will Make Our Armed Forces The Strongest In The World. So the United States can build even more advanced capabilities in the decades ahead, the Bush Administration has invested $240 billion in these efforts and has requested an additional $275 billion over the next four years.
The United States Must Transform The Military By Repositioning Forces At Home And Abroad. To be able to quickly meet unexpected threats, our Armed Forces must undertake the biggest transformation of our global force since the end of the Second World War.
The United States Will Bring Home Many Uniformed Personnel Currently Stationed Overseas. By bringing home between 60,000 to 70,000 troops from abroad and deploying them rapidly when needed, America can become a more effective fighting force. This will not only reduce the stress on military families, it will help our Armed Forced raise the pressure on our enemies.
Closing And Realigning Military Bases Will Free Up Funds To Support Our Troops. Each branch of the military services has completed a review of their requirements and has concluded that there are more military bases than are needed. The President will help communities affected by base closings, providing them development aid and job training. The process will produce a net savings of $48 billion over the next 20 years and will make the military more efficient and better prepared to protect the American people.
The United States Must, Above All, Transform The Way We Think About War. All the advanced technology in the world will not transform our military, if we do not transform our thinking.
Transformation Means Using Old Capabilities In New Ways. In Afghanistan, U.S. troops rode into battle on horseback – but they did it while using GPS and advanced satellite communications to call in air strikes on enemy positions. They combined a staple of 19th-century warfare with the most advanced 21st-century technology in the American arsenal.
The President Advised Recent Military Academy Graduates To Pursue The Possibilities Others Tell You Do Not Exist. By bringing the spirit of creativity and innovation to work, the U.S. military can accomplish what conventional wisdom says is impossible.
Now lets hear yours, oh wait, the Lib's dont have one, just a silly little petition from the aclu.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Coming Home...................

The following heroes are finally on their way home from Vietnam: 8/9/2005

Sgt. Glenn E. Miller of Oakland, CA. US Army Special Forces
PFC Robert Lopez of Alburquerque, NM. USMC
Lance Cpl. Thomas Fritsch of Cromwell, CT. USMC
Cpl. Gerald E. King of Knoxville, TN. USMC
Lance Cpl. Donald W. Mitchell of Princeton, KY. USMC
Lance Cpl. Joseph F. Cook of Foxborough, MA. USMC
Lance Cpl. Raymond T. Heyne of Mason, WI. USMC
PFC Thomas J. Blackman of Racine, WI. USMC
PFC Paul S. Czerwonka of Stoughton, MA. USMC
PFC Barry L. Hempel of Garden Grove, CA. USMC
PFC William McGonigle of Wichita, KS. USMC
Lance Cpl. James R. Sargent of Anawalt, WV. USMC

All were killed in action on 9, May, 1968 near the Laotion border.
May they now rest in peace

al franken, HA!

If this is the poster boy for dnc talk radio then it no suprise why liberals are rude, condescending, and abusive. Every sentence starts out name calling, he uses the word liar over and over, he even wrote a book called Lies and the Lying Liars. For a list of falsities in Frankins book, check out archives/2004/05/03/al_franken.php - 22k Franken is a waste of time! if you guys want to listed to a real radio talk show, check out Bill Bennet's morning in America or on the web at

hey here's a fat ass for you

"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."
-Ted Kennedy

"Frankly, I don't mind not being President. I just mind that someone else is." -Ted Kennedy

"Dad, I'm in some trouble. There's been an accident and you're going to hear all sorts of things about me from now on. Terrible things." -Ted Kennedy

"Close to midnight on July 18, 1969, Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy ran his car off Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick Island. He escaped from the submerged car and swam to safety, leaving behind Mary Jo Kopechne, who'd worked for his brother Robert and with whom Ted had had a sexual relationship. Kopechne died, after spending several hours trying to free herself from the car.

Paul Hackett Shames Rush Limbaugh

Appearing on yesterday's edition of "The Ed Schultz Show", Paul Hackett set the record straight about his service to his country, about what patriotism means, and about what a loser Rush Limbaugh is. Click the link above to listen to the audio.

If you weren't following the situation in Ohio the last couple weeks during the special election to fill a vacated congressional seat, here's the deal. Hackett, a US Marine since 1992, who reenlisted last year in order to go over to Iraq and be alongside his fellow Marines, came back from the war earlier this summer to his home state of Ohio. When he learned that the congressional seat had become vacated in March, Hackett threw his name into the mix as a Democratic candidate in a district that has not elected a Democrat since 1974. Despite the odds against him he almost pulled it off, losing 52% to 48% to a Republican career politician. Not too shabby.

Limbaugh on the day of the election, in typical fashion, decided to spew his best lies and hatred over the airways to potential Ohio voters about Hackett and his military service. The uber-genious Rush (a college dropout, if you didn't know) repeatedly referred to Hackett as "another liberal Democrat trying to hide behind a military uniform" and accused him of going to Iraq "to pad the resumé."

Oh, if only life was so conveniently easy like it is in Rush's drug-induced haze! Apparently every soldier, marine, airman and sailor who is a Democrat is in the military for personal gain or reasons other than serving their country. I guess, at least in Rush's fantasy world, only the Republicans in uniform are doing it for the right reasons. Hey Rush, what branch did you serve in again?? Oh that's were exempted from the Vietnam draft due to anal cysts. I remember now. You are quite a piece of work, my friend.


Anyway, here is what Hackett said yesterday...

"That's typical for that fatass drug addict to come up with something like that. Actually when I was on drill this weekend, I've got to tell you, he lost a lot of Republican supporters with his comments. Because they were coming up to me, telling me, 'I can't believe he said that! Besides that, he called you a soldier. He doesn't know the difference between a soldier and a marine!'"

"So generally, the consensus is Rush doesn't know squat about patriotism. He's typical of the new Republican. He's got a lot of lip and he doesn't walk the walk. The fact of the matter is, I went to Iraq to serve my country. I left my nice house, my nice wife by my choice because I thought it was the right thing to do. And man, if I was good enough to be able to see into the future that Rob Portman was going to step down from Congress, I mean I should actually be running for something a lot more than Congress. I went to Iraq because I wanted to serve my country and be with my Marines."

"I think it probably says more about Rush Limbaugh than it does anybody else that he comes up with those thought processes. And I think it's indicative of today's Republican party, which is patriotic lite translated to anybody who serves their country, who truly serves their country, and demonstrates it by their actions as opposed to their flapping gums."

"They want to attack us. But the fact of the matter is they can attack me, but I punch back just as hard as I get. Ask Rush how come he wasn't taking phone calls for the two days when he was on the attack with me. Ask him why his phone lines were clogged up. That's because he was getting thousands of calls from veterans from this war and other wars who were clogging up his phone lines, giving him an earful." Paul Hackett, August 9, 2005

Finally a Democratic candidate who tells it like it is, and isn't afraid to call a spade a spade.....or better yet, a fat ass drug addict a fat ass drug addict! I love this guy!!! I can guarantee you all we have not seen the last of Paul Hackett.

Yankees Suck!

It's getting so bad in New York that Yankee fans are jumping from the upper deck trying to end the suffering.

<--- What a jackass.

Yet another example of how the YANKEES SUCK!

GO SOX!!!!!!!!

Wear your vest!

WASHINGTON - Officer David Scott was in hot pursuit of a robbery suspect when he swerved to avoid a car trying to get out of his way. His police cruiser crossed into oncoming traffic and was slammed by a pickup truck. Scott and his rookie partner in the Clarksville, Tenn., police department, Yamil Baez-Santiago, were killed. The truck driver suffered minor injuries.
The incident is part of a worrisome trend in law enforcement — more officers are being killed in traffic accidents. Twice in recent years — 1999 and 2003 — car crashes topped guns as the No. 1 killer of on-duty officers.

While year-to-year variations are common, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which tracks fatalities, said the trend becomes apparent when the numbers are spread over many years. For example, in the decade ending last year, 477 officers died in auto accidents. That was up 29 percent from the 369 of the previous decade and 40 percent from the 342 killed the decade before that.

There's no single reason for the increase. Some is due to more police cars on the roads — 52 per 100 county and city officers in 2003 compared with 49 in 1997, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. There also are more deaths from high-speed chases. Advocacy groups say there are other reasons too.

Suzie Sawyer, executive director of Concerns of Police Survivors Inc., believes more criminals are using their vehicles to run down officers, though she has only anecdotal evidence. Her group provides emotional support for relatives of police officers killed in the line of duty.
Memorial Fund spokesman Bruce Mendelsohn points to more drivers using cell phones and other devices that can distract them from the road and make them oblivious to police cars. But he also said officers and their departments may share some of the blame. Nearly all law enforcement officers receive driver training. But the standards vary and refresher courses are rarely mandated. Mendelsohn said that leaves some officers ill-prepared for the dangerous driving situations they face. His organization is pushing for more training.He also said officers can help themselves by buckling up and wearing body armor. Many don't, complaining the safety devices are cumbersome and restrictive. "There's absolutely no doubt in our minds that officers who wear their (body armor) are more protected, both from shootings and from injuries they can sustain from auto accidents," Mendelsohn said. "Step two is providing better training — high-speed driver training, certainly, is expensive, but that cost is nothing compared to the death of an officer."Mendelsohn also suggested police departments outfit their vehicles with the kind of seat belts race car drivers use. They latch in front of the driver's chest, not at the lower right hip, allowing more freedom of movement.

Mike Robb of the Homeland Security Department's Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga., helps run a driver training program for federal officers. Robb's training puts officers in the vehicles they'll be using on the job so they can learn to be comfortable driving powerful machines that may differ significantly from their civilian cars. He also tries to prepare officers to make split-second decisions about how to pursue a criminal without endangering the public. "There's a stress that goes with these responses," he said.

Ronald McBride, a retired Ashland, Ky., police chief who now consults for the DuPont Survivors Club, which pushes for officer safety, said greater use of body armor would cut down on traffic deaths. He cited one case where an officer was thrown from his vehicle, then run over by it, but survived. The officer's doctor believes the armor was a lifesaver.
"They're uncomfortable physically and they're uncomfortable psychologically," McBride said of the vests. "But the cold hard truth is body armor saves lives."

Tuesday, August 09, 2005


Kingston, Tennessee -

These two shit bags, a husband and wife team identified as George and Jennifer Hyatte, just killed a Tennessee corrections officer in a fire fight outside the Roane County Couthouse in Kingston. The white shithead pulled up in a Ford Explorer as the black shithead was being escorted in shackles out of the courthouse by corrections officers, and she opened fire on the officers, killing one. The second officer got a shot off and apparently struck the white shithead. The Ford Explorer was found a short distance away with the driver's seat soaked in blood. The shitheads then reportedly got into a gold colored minivan, possibly a Chevy Venture, and disappeared.

How far do you think a red headed, cracked out, blood soaked white bitch and a bald headed black guy in full shackles and corrections jumpsuit are gonna get?!

The guard that was killed, Officer Wayne Morgan, 56, was a 28-year veteran of the Tennessee Department of Corrections, and was married with two children.

I hope to God that fucking worthless bitch is slumped over bleeding to death right now.


EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Discovery and its crew of seven glided safely back to Earth on Tuesday, ending a riveting, at times agonizing, 14-day test of space shuttle safety that was shadowed by the ghosts of Columbia.

Discovery swooped through the predawn darkness and landed at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert at 5:11 a.m. PDT, concluding the first shuttle re-entry since Columbia's tragic return.

The landing was moved to California because of thunderstorms at the shuttle's home base of Cape Canaveral, Fla.

"Congratulations on a truly spectacular test flight," Mission Control said once Discovery came to a stop. "Welcome home, friends."

My thoughts exactly!

Monday, August 08, 2005

I don't know who I hate worse,

The Jets or the f-ing Dolphins. Good luck Ty, you were a good Patriot.
I hope you, and the Jets, suck and suffer from the poor decisions
that moron Herm Edwards makes on a regular basis.


Rock and Roll is Alive and Well!

I knew from the beginning when the midget came out in the clown suite, being chased by two girls in leather lingerie, that we were about to be treated to a unique and spectacular night. A night that only the Crue could provide. Saturday night, Jenny and I made the trek up into the mountains to the greatest outdoor music venue on the planet, the breathtakingly awesome Red Rocks, and bore witness to a spectacle like no other...the Motley Crue "Red, White and Crue" reunion tour! We grabbed a couple beers, took our seats on our reserved slab of rock, and for the rest of the night thoroughly got our asses kicked by 4 musical Gods...Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars.

Ok, that's how I saw it at least, but I'm a little bit biased. (Jenny will have to give her impression of the show herself). You see, ever since the Crue released their first album in 1981, and I got the cassette for Christmas, I have been hooked. When everyone else was either hanging on to 70's rock icons like Kiss, AC/DC, Aerosmith and Boston, or getting sucked into the 80's pop phenomenon with the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson and Duran Duran, I was rocking out with the LA bad boys of the Crue.

Their first album, Too Fast For Love, was blasting through my headphones before every single race or meet in high school, and their song Live Wire became my official motivational mantra. Shout at the Devil, Theatre of Pain and Girls, Girls, Girls followed, and then Dr. Feelgood (which I would argue is the greatest rock album of our generation) firmly cemented them in the public eye, on the popular music scene and in the annals of rock and roll legend.

With super stardom came troubles and the inevitable split in the 90's, but now the guys have patched up their differences and put it back together to take us all for one more magical ride.

The music Saturday night was absolutely fantastic. Mick Mars (guitar) and Tommy Lee (drums) have not lost a step out there and can definitely rock the house. Each of them did kick ass solos that blew us away. Mars in particular was just outstanding and really impressive. This comes as even more of a shock since I read that they had to literally revive him off his deathbed (he suffers from a degenerative bone condition) to get him ready for the tour. At one point in the show, he literally laid down on the stage and took a break for about 10 minutes! I'm not kidding.

Nikki Sixx was great too, although the sound on his end kept cutting out and you couldn't really hear his bass. He did however perform his signature move and set himself on fire at one point, which was very entertaining! Vince Neil was the only letdown of the night, if you can even call it that. Either he just doesn't have the voice anymore to belt it out like he used to, or he was just phoning it in that night, relying on the crowd to sing the lyrics for him. He basically only sang about every third word of each song, taking awkward and inexplicable pauses in the middle of lines, and holding the microphone out to the crowd to let us do the work.

And man did we ever! I never left my feet the entire show, and regardless of Vince's half-hearted effort, I sang every damn word to every one of those songs. You see, this was a realization of a lifelong dream for me. A culmination of 24 years of internalizing their music, letting it flow through me, and shape me with it's power and passion. I never had the opportunity to see them through the years, and this was my chance to finally exist live within the music and rock out in person with the men who were my idols. I sang 'til my throat was raw, hugged and high-fived complete strangers, and had the best time I have ever had at a show.

And believe me, I wasn't alone.

Around us was an ocean of fans all feeling the same way. Here we were, a bunch of thirty somethings dealing with real life, families and careers, and all living with the undeniable fact that our generation of music, our icons and heros, and our unique trademarked sound has faded into the collective memory. But Saturday night, for one night only, we got to go back in time and have 3 more hours to rock out with our boys. We had the Crue, front and center, giving us the business, and we loved every second of it.

What do I rank it? On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it about a 47. If you are like me and grew up on these guys, you'll know exactly what I mean. If the tour is coming near you this summer, get out and see it. Just trust me on this one.

Thanks guys for everything. The good and the bad. You made this 35 year old happy as hell, and I wouldn't change one thing.

Rock on fellas.

Say it ain't so!!!

Ty Law, architect of the single greatest play in Super Bowl history, is now a Jet.

Yes you read that right. A Jet.

Of all the teams in the NFL, he had to sign with the f'ing Jets! I knew he wasn't going to come back to us, but why couldn't he have signed with Detroit, for God's sake!

Seeing Drew in a Buffalo uniform the first time was sickening to me, but seeing Ty in New York green is going to be devastating.

All that aside, on December 4th when NY rolls into Foxboro, I'll be rooting hard for Branch to smoke his ass deep. After all, a Jet is a Jet...



This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287. Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again. The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide. At a modest 75-power magnification Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. Mars will be easy to spot. At thebeginning of August it will rise in the east at 10p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m. By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m. That's pretty convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded history. So, mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month.


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