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January 2, 2011

2011 predictions

by thoughtfulconservative

I don’t think I’ve ever done this before and thought it might be fun to try. Probably won’t be anything startling here, and you won’t find anything as detailed as James Wigderson’s, but, hey, I’m new to the game.

Now where did I put that crystal ball…

World:

  • Tensions between North and South Korea will remain high, but no hot war will break out.
  • Iran will continue to extend the middle finger to the world over its nuclear program.
  • Withdrawal from Iraq will happen as planned. The country will continue “in peace,” much to the chagrin of Republicans.
  • Afghanistan, on the other hand, will continue to struggle, as far as seeing a truce and shared government with the Taliban.

National:

I don’t see any big legislation coming out of the next session of Congress since the House is controlled by Republicans and the Senate and presidency is still in Democratic hands. But then again who would’ve thought that the lame duck session would have passed so much?

  • First, despite all the hoopla by conservatives about repealing ObamaCare, nothing will happen.
  • On the economic front, numbers will continue to stagnate with some slight improvement; sometimes the numbers will be good, sometimes bad.
  • As the economic numbers stagnate so will Obama’s approval numbers.
  • The campaign for 2012 will begin to heat up by the end of the year. Republican candidates will start their campaigns, probably Huckabee, Palin and Romney. No one on the Democratic side, except the very dark horse will challenge Obama.

Wisconsin:

This really depends on how the Legislature and Scott Walker get along and agree on priorities. We’ve already seen some of this. Walker’s team would like to get going on job creation. The Legislature has indicated they want to do some work on Voter ID and Concealed Carry among other things.

  • The budget and how Scott Walker balances it while holding firm on tax breaks will continue to be criticized by the WHM (Walker Hate Machine).
  • Jobs will be a disappointment falling short of Walker’s goal of 250,000.
  • Scandal will continue to plague Walker’s team, not a lot of proof will come out, but there will be plenty of noise.

Waukesha:

How hard is this? Mayor Scrima, the Common Council and the city administrator will continue to give entertainment to all who keep watch on the city’s business. Water will continue to be an issue as well as the mayor plunging through the city’s business like a bull in a china closet. Almost makes me wish I would have run for Chris Hernadez’s seat on the council…

Sports:

  • Brewers. Sorry, no playoffs again. They do find the .500 mark finishing 83-79. Greinke has a great first half, may even make the All-Star squad, but fades in the second half.
  • Packers. After narrowly missing the playoffs this year, develop a running game next year and easily make the playoffs, but not the Super Bowl.
  • Bucks. Well, they will continue to be the Bucks. Up and down. And missing the playoffs.
February 5, 2009

Since the debate has raged…

by thoughtfulconservative

Surprise, Jennifer Hudson lip-synched the national anthem at the Super Bowl [All emphasis in the following is mine].

On Jan. 20, Jennifer Hudson sat in a Tampa hotel room and watched her new president make history on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. With the inspiring words of Barack Obama echoing in her head, the R&B divette then went to a local studio and recorded her version of the national anthem, the very one you heard at Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIII.

Watch it, again,

You know I thought I was pretty good at telling live from lip syncing, guess I’ll have to practice more.

Here’s something interesting,

The NFL requires its pregame performers to prerecord their songs.

How about that? And not only Hudson,

Hudson pretaped her power, her pop, her patriotism in spacious Studio A of Morrisound Recording. Country star Faith Hill, who sang America the Beautiful at the game, also recorded at the noted Tampa facility.

Furthermore,

Not-so-coincidentally, Minor also produced Whitney Houston’s anthemic awesomeness at 1991s Super Bowl XXV in Tampa. That was also jaw-dropping. And yes, that was also prerecorded.

The goal? A risk-free performance.

“That’s the right way to do it,” said Rickey Minor, the pregame show producer, who has produced numerous Super Bowl pregame performances and is the music director for “American Idol.” “There’s too many variables to go live. I would never recommend any artist go live because the slightest glitch would devastate the performance.”

And there you have it. I understand the reasoning, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it. But I will now know that at important sporting events of well known songs, the performance more than likely is lip synched.

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February 2, 2009

Super Bowl ads 2009

by thoughtfulconservative

You can not only watch them but vote for your favorite on Hulu.com.

If I have time, I may post my top 5 later.

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February 1, 2009

Super Bowl prediction

by thoughtfulconservative

UPDATE: I was close on the score but had the winner wrong. Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers, winners of the Super Bowl.

Well, I was got one right and one wrong in the championship games, so I’m still even through the playoffs.

One game left. I like what the Cardinals have done through the playoffs. Solid defense, especially against the run and a balanced offense.

But who can go against the Steelers, tradition, experience, good defense and good running game. That’s what wins championships.

Except for last year, the AFC has a four game winning streak. The Giants and the Bucs are the only NFC teams to win since Kurt Warner was in the Super Bowl last.

But I have not been impressed with the Steelers. Are they not that good? Or are they just doing what they need to do to move on.

My heart is with the Cardinals and I think they could win. If they can run. If Fitzgerald or Boldin gets catches. If Warner withstands the rush.

That’s a lot of ifs…..

But I’ll take it, Cardinals 26 Steelers 23.

Besides, if I pick the Steelers to win, that would be too easy. 🙂

Now where are those 3-D glasses.

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January 28, 2009

Some Super Bowl news

by thoughtfulconservative

Police: Fake Super Bowl Merchandise Sold At Flea Market

Super Bowl ads aren’t sold out yet

And finally, NFL players unite to help build East Tampa playgrounds

All-Pro players such as Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, Panthers receiver Steve Smith and Falcons linebacker Keith Brooking joined about 160 Home Depot associates and about 40 volunteers from CDC (Corporation to Develop Communities) of Tampa in building a new public playground and an additional one at the King’s Kids Christian Academy.

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January 16, 2009

Conference championship games

by thoughtfulconservative

First, some tidbits from SI.com

• Home teams went 190-80 (.704) in the playoffs from 1970 through 2001.

• Home teams have gone 40-28 (.588) in the playoffs since the realignment of 2002.

• Home teams have gone 20-18 (.526) in the playoffs since 2005.

The trend could not be more obvious: Home-field is hardly the advantage it once was.

I was 1-3 last week getting only the Cardinals win correct. I’m 4-4 for the playoffs.

Phi. at Ari. For the first time since 1967 (the Ice Bowl, surely Packer fans remember that) two teams with only 9 wins will play for a league or conference championship. The Cardinals defense has looked impressive in shutting down the Falcons’ and Panthers’ running games. They will probably do the same to the Eagles. But I believe McNabb, in contrast to Ryan and Delhomme will be able to pick the Cardinals’ defense apart. Eagles 31, Cardinals 21.

Bal. at Pit. This will be the Ravens 18th straight week playing football and after a physical game last week will be beat up. The Steelers running game will do enough to send them to Tampa. Steelers 13 Ravens 6.

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