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IdahoBert

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  1. There's an awful lot of good commentary from everyone here on the 2000 Presidential election, and my two cents is probably worth less than others'; but there are things happening at ground zero in this election that are very significant and you have to look hard to see them. My state of Idaho is podunk and I know it. But I also know a couple representatives in the state legislature who go door to door canvassing a lot. One of them knocked on 8000 doors last year and he'll knock on 10,000 this time. One is a Democrat and one is a Republican. Each knows all the other representives in the state. Both think George Bush is in trouble in Idaho. Now being in "trouble" doesn't mean he'll lose Idaho. Charles Manson could run in Idaho and get elected. Bush is in trouble because a surprising share of the support he's getting from his "likely voters" is a mile wide and an inch deep. They lack passion. "Likely" Kerry voters, however, are on a mission. Their passion may be less about liking Kerry than it is disliking Bush, but it's still a passion that the Republican would like to see more of for his guy. If this is true in a state like Idaho where the legislature is 85% Republican, it is probably even more true in many places throughout the US as well. The Republican fears that if even one percent of Bush's supporters don't make it to the polls for whatever reason, or change candidates at the last minute, this election will be lost--not In Idaho but everywhere else where it counts. This is, of course, the Democrat's deepest wish. Party organization at getting out the vote will decide this election in the end. Be prepared to get a lot of phone calls in the last few days before you vote.
  2. I don't see how Blair's supposed support for Kerry makes a difference. Americans don't care what anyone thinks of them anyway. And Blair has good reason to feel he was taken for ride by Bush, with whom he has little in common politically anyway.
  3. Sounds like pure Denny McLain to me.
  4. I'm old so I missed Nirvana, but as I've got to know them after the fact I like what I've heard. When I saw Kurt Cobain screeching out "Rape Me" on an old SNL, I realized I'd really missed something. That man was brilliant at being seriously bent, and I'm not sure if I mean that as a compliment or not.
  5. I saw Roger Waters a couple years ago and it was great. Have you seen either the original Floyd or Waters?
  6. I got a 63% you losers! Of course I tried to give it the answers I thought it wanted. So actually, I'm so unhip that I couldn't even make believe that I was hip enough to get to 72%.
  7. The Bible also says it will come when we least expect it. Why not when things are looking up instead?
  8. Bruce's earliest stuff was electric and poetic. Then he became derivative of himself. I haven't really enjoyed him since "Born to Run" and that came out in '75. Ashbury Park is my favorite. Not liking Pink Floyd and the Stones is probably an age thing. In their historical context they were both profound, but now they're just another choice among many. They remain hypnotic favorites of mine.
  9. The nice thing about Idaho is that no one spends political ad money to get our 4 electoral votes. I only hear about negative ads on the news. It's overwhelming to see them when I travel out of state. Glad to miss them most of the time.
  10. Not liking Hendrix is like being against sex. I had my first bad trip listening to the maestro in 1970 and I still wouldn't trade it for anything. The opening riot scene of "In the Name of the Father" is backed up by Voodoo Chile and it is unbelievable. It really captures the anarchic joy of the times. Now go write "I really love Hendrix" 200 times on the blackboard Bart Simpson. I'm glad my kids don't read my posts.
  11. I got this off USA TODAY and that's all I found.
  12. This will probably look crappy but here it goes. Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Cleveland « 3 3 3 0 6 1 0 0 6 22 22 1 NY Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box W:J.Westbrook(12-6) L:J.Vazquez(13-8) HR: CLE- V.Martinez (21), C.Crisp (13), J.Gerut (10) NYY- None Cleveland AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI W K AVG Coco Crisp CF 6 4 2 0 0 1 3 1 0 .285 Omar Vizquel SS 7 3 6 2 0 0 4 0 0 .310 Matt Lawton LF 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .280 Ryan Ludwick RF 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 Victor Martinez C 4 3 2 0 0 1 4 2 0 .289 Travis Hafner DH 6 1 2 0 1 0 3 1 2 .311 Casey Blake 3B 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 .275 John McDonald 3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .241 Ben Broussard 1B 3 2 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 .281 Josh Phelps 1B 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .252 Ronnie Belliard 2B 6 3 3 2 0 0 1 0 1 .301 Jody Gerut RF-LF 4 2 1 0 0 1 3 2 1 .254 Totals 49 22 22 5 1 3 22 9 6 NY Yankees AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI W K AVG Bernie Williams CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .254 Derek Jeter SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273 Enrique Wilson PH-SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222 Gary Sheffield DH 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .297 Tony Clark PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .233 Alex Rodriguez 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .289 Hideki Matsui LF 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .303 Bubba Crosby LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .175 Jorge Posada C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .271 John Flaherty C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .219 John Olerud 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .260 Miguel Cairo 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .274 Kenny Lofton RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .275 Totals 32 0 5 2 0 0 0 1 6 E_J.Westbrook. LOB_Cleveland 10, NY Yankees 6. 2B_O.Vizquel 2, B.Broussard, R.Belliard 2, G.Sheffield, H.Matsui. 3B_T.Hafner. HR_C.Crisp (13) off T.Sturtze, V.Martinez (21) off E.Loaiza, J.Gerut (10) off E.Loaiza. SF_V.Martinez. SB_M.Lawton (22). Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA Jake Westbrook (W 12-6) 7.0 5 0 0 0 5 0 98-63 3.42 Jeremy Guthrie 2.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 26-16 0.00 NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA Javier Vazquez (L 13-8) 1.1 5 6 6 2 1 0 41-23 4.62 Tanyon Sturtze 3.0 6 7 7 2 1 1 61-37 5.90 CJ Nitkowski 1.2 3 3 3 3 1 0 42-21 7.27 Esteban Loaiza 3.0 8 6 6 2 3 2 74-41 5.45 WP_C.Nitkowski. T_3:02. A_51777. Umpires_Home,C.B. Buckner; First, Eric Cooper; Second, Chuck Merriwether; Third, Mike Reilly.
  13. Sorry Sue, but this is historic.
  14. This may already have been posted and I missed it because the debate is pretty tedious to follow. Still, it might interest the masochists on the board. Bush's record is at the top and Kerry's at the bottom of the page. http://news.findlaw.com/legalnews/lit/election2004/docs.html#jkerry
  15. True. He should have won it the year before too when his numbers were even more staggering.
  16. That's what the Sporting News used to do with its "Player of the Year" award. I don't know if they still do it because I don't read it anymore. I think the last time a player on a poor team got the MVP was Ernie Banks in the late '50s--twice. This "best player on the best team" thing is a great way not to have to think too deeply about the MVP. Maybe for a lot of sports writers that's just what they need.
  17. So, if I invited you to a performance art exhibit and put plastic army men into a frying pan to protest "man's inhumaity to man" you guys wouldn't make fun of me too would you?
  18. It's too bad that most for the voters for MVP don't think past big numbers for a first place team. Guillen will help us set a record for greatest improvement in one year and that surely is a great gauge of how valuable he is. I just don't think that most voters will look past the Tigers' final record to see that.
  19. I guess these people would only be convinced that Kerry served his country if he were dead, and not "merely" wounded. I wonder what jokes they would have made about FDR's wheelchair? After all he too was a traitor and a communist just like Kerry.
  20. I suppose Mr. Blackwell doesn't do fashion reviews of the MTV awards does he. The race to the bottom would do him in.
  21. Maybe there's a silver lining to this dark cloud. Maybe the audience for this "toy" was not as large as the manufacturer thought so they unloaded it in bulk to cut their losses. You can only hope.
  22. They had already dropped out and were raising their first or even second kid.
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