Monday, September 29, 2008

Anatomy of a Scandal

Via Instapundit, this give a nice little history of our current financial woes.

This is interesting as well (via the Corner)

Hat tip to Alfred as well. Alfred can be somewhat abrasive but is usually on target!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Weekend Beer Review

Let me preface this by saying that I may go on an absolute tear tomorrow. I hit $125 on various Golden Star football pools (RIP DEW) and am going to spend most of that ill gotten booty on destroying my liver. On that note:

1) Avery Brewing - Collaboration not Litigation...I can't read much of the fine print but this is very good. It is supposed to be some variation on a Belgian Ale. I think it tastes like an IPA!

2) Xtra Gold American Tripel Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Nice American Belgian. Adam if you can get your hands on one you will like it. Brewed in Pleasantville, NY.

3) Seahorse Pale Ale - Rogue Brewing - Very nice light summer ale.

4) Extreme IPA - Rockart Brewery - Very good IPA from Vermont.

5) Duchesse de Bourgennen - A Flemish ale...way too perfumey for my tastes!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Oh Boy

I don't think it was in my best interest to find out about this place

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Ahmadinejad

Via Yahoo. Sounds like Democrat taliking points to me.

On Tuesday, Ahmadinejad also lashed out at Israel, saying "the Zionist regime is on a definite slope to collapse, and there is no way for it to get out of the cesspool created by itself and its supporters."

The Iranian president is feared and reviled in Israel because of his repeated calls to wipe the Jewish state off the map, and his aggressive pursuit of nuclear technology has only fueled Israel's fears.

He said that six years after Saddam Hussein's regime was ousted in Iraq, "the occupiers are still there."

"Millions have been killed or displaced, and the occupiers, without a sense of shame, are still seeking to solidify their position in the ... region and to dominate oil resources," Ahmadinejad said.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

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These were taken at the approach of the Macombs Dam Bridge from Manhattan to the Bronx. I like the juxstaposition of the two stadiums but I really like the submarine sign.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

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The Final Week Part 5

On August 22nd 1976 I attended my first game at newly refurbished Yankee Stadium. It actually happened to be 2 days after my 13th birthday. I only remember that date because that still may be the wildest game I ever saw. The Yanks were losing 8 to nothing and scored 8 runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie. They ultimately lost in extra innings. Here is the box score from that day.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Weekend Beer Review!

Just got back from the second to last game ever at Yankee Stadium. It was my last game there. Great game which I will get into in some subsequent posts, but I want to gather my thoughts on the closing of Yankee Stadium. I also have a special posting for Matt which will come on Friday. That said, I'm thirsty!

1) La Goudale - This is a French Blonde Ale. After fully expecting the beer to surrender I really have to say I enjoyed it. Crisp and flavorful. 7.8% ABV doesn't hurt either.

2) Samaels Oak Aged Ale - Avery Brewing Co. - 14.9% ABV. Ok I am assuming that this is supposed to be unfiltered! This ain't low carb by any stretch but is very tasty. The label says it was bottled 4/07. I have never seen this before and wonder if it is released as it ages. Perhaps Adam can opine. By the way, Adam is going to have to do me a favor and forward a picture I took to Alfred.

3) Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Liked the French beer above, this is awful. Imports generally suck. Kinda like the import we have from Illinois running for President. I better watch it, the thought police might come after me.

4) Fort Collins Brewery - DoppelBock - Thank God (or Obama) to get back to an American beer! This is apparently released every fall. This is a great steak and potato's beer. There appears to be a lot of craft brewing going on in Colrado. Did Ireland secretly move there!

5) Imperial Extra Pale Ale - Southern Tier Brewing CoVery good beer despite too many instructions on how to drink the beer on the label!

6) Old Dubh - Harviestoun Brewers Ale Matured in Whiskey Casks. Import from Scotland, very good 8% ABV. They have the head brewer listed on the label as well as someone with the title "Master of Wood". Can't make this stuff up.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Grand Central




Gotta love the compliance with the "No Sitting" sign

The Final Week Part 4

Derek Jeter ties Lou Gehrig for all time hits at Yankee Stadium with this home run. It was Derek's 1,269 hit at Yankee Stadium. Derek would pass the Iron Horse a few days later. Here's to two great Captains!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fannie & Freddie (& Obama) sittin' in a Tree!

Excerpt via Powerline.
Where McCain does have a strong argument is the political money-tree that Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac became. Today, McCain said:

He talks a tough game on the financial crisis, but the facts tell a different story. Senator Obama took more money from Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac than anyone but the chairman of the committee they answer to, and he put Fannie Mae's CEO, who helped create this problem, in charge of finding his Vice President. That's not change, that's what's broken in Washington.

McCain is right about that, and it only scratches the surface of the Democratic Party's corrupt relationship with the two mortgage entities. Fox News's John Gibson reported today:

Lehman Brothers' collapse is traced back to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two big mortgage banks that got a federal bailout a few weeks ago. Freddie and Fannie used huge lobbying budgets and political contributions to keep regulators off their backs.
A group called the Center for Responsive Politics keeps track of which politicians got Fannie and Freddie political contributions. The top three U.S. Senators getting big Fannie and Freddie political bucks were Democrats, and number two is Senator Barack Obama. Now, remember, he has only been in the Senate four years but still managed to grab the number two spot ahead of John Kerry, decades in the senate, and Chris Dodd, who is chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.

Fannie and Freddie have been creations of the Congressional Democrats and the Clinton White House, designed to make mortgages available to more people, and as it turned out, some people who couldn't afford them. Fannie and Freddie have also been places for big Washington Democrats to go to work in the semi-private sector and pocket millions. The Clinton administration's White House budget director Franklin Raines ran Fannie and collected $50 million. Jamie Gorelick, Clinton Justice Department official, worked for Fannie and took home $26 million. Big Democrat Jim Johnson, recently on Obama's VP search committee, has hauled in millions from his Fannie Mae C.E.O. job.

Now remember, Obama's ads and stump speeches attack McCain and Republican policies for the current financial turmoil. It is demonstrably not Republican policy and worse, it appears the man attacking McCain, Senator Obama, was at the head of the line when the piggies lined up at the Fannie and Freddie trough for campaign bucks. Senator Barack Obama, number two on the Fannie/Freddie list of favored politicians after just four short years in the Senate. Next time you see that ad, you might notice he fails to mention that part of the Fannie and Freddie problem.

The Beer Factor

Via Vodkapundit. Well worth it to klick all the way through.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Final Week Part 3

Quite possibly the last grand slam hit at the Old Yankee Stadium. Surprised that A-Rod did it in a scoreless game instead of the Yanks being up 14-2.

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This was from Sunday 9/14/08. In one week the Old Stadium will be history. Will be there on Thursday and Saturday this week. Saturday 9/20 will be the next to last game. I figured I'd throw in a little new and old, plus one I took from the steps of the Bronx County Courthouse which is the big imposing building that you see from the home plate view.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Weekend Beer Review Hooray!

This will be updated all weekend so check back if you are so inclined.

By the way, Happy 50th to Mr & Mrs C! One of these brews will definitely be hoisted to the two of you (Red Sox Fans or not!)

By the way there is a new bar in Bridgeport that I am going to investigate shortly.

Double Dead Guy Ale...Can there be a synthesis of a great IPA and a great Belgian? Yes!

Curieux - Ale Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels - Allagash Very smooth you can taste the Whiskey. I may revise my Black & Tan recipe and include this & Dogfish's WorldWide Stout. 11% ABV, Oh Boy!

Hooker Octoberfest Lager - Like last week the local Octoberfest was better than what has come from Germany. I have to go check this place out, when (and if) I get a free weekend.

Pumpkin Ale - Saranac This one is good, better than DogFish.

He'Brew - Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA - Shmaltz Brewing Co. Excellent beer who cares about Lenny Bruce anyway.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

This looks interesting

The Who on Channel 13 in NYC in about 15 minutes.

After watching the first segment, will be getting this upon release.

Stupid Democrat Tricks

Here and Here

The party of change needs its diaper changed.

And the Russians who know how to pick their despots chime in. Hat tip Drudge

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The articles below

are more important than any lipstick comment:

Change you can believe in.

The Surge.

Maybe a little intelligent adult debate is in order.

This will certainly play well. Hat tip Drudge & Vodkapundit.

Happy Birthday Gator

Courtesy of Adam. I believe that this is approximately 5 years give or take from the great Yankee Stadium peanut throwing incident! Do yourself a favor don't watch them tonight! Cheers!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

When Hollywood was pro America

Weekend Beer Review

Figured that weekend activities would be particularly grounded by this tropical storm. It hasn't started raining yet but I took a trip to Ancona's and bought a variety to sample.

1) Jubelfestbier - Brewed by Mahrs-Brau, Bramberg, Germany. A nice Octoberfest type beer but I think I found a better one.

2) Lost Sailor IPA - Berkshire Brewing Company I really enjoy IPA's and this is a good one. Unfiltered and very tasty. Unfortunately this is from Massachusetts.

3) Coney Island Sword Swallower - Steel Hop Lager. Ok so this is brewed in Saratoga by the Shmaltz Brewing Company. Still very good & Hoppy. Let me also plug the website Coney Island USA.

4) Brooklyn Brewery - Oktoberfest...I like this better than the one from Duetchland noted above!

5) Stone Coast Brewing Co - 420 IPA...Not sure if the 420 reefers to this but another very good IPA. Could it be, more alcohol, better beer?

6) Hardcore IPA - A decent import from BrewDog (Scotland). Scotland may be the only country I care to see in this world!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Senator McCain

Was right on target tonight!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Line of the night

I like Mike Hukabees pronouncement and I paraphrase, "Sarah Palin got more votes for Mayor for that little town in Washington than Senator Biden got in the primaries".

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Grown Ups get to speak

Senator Fred (excerpt):

To deal with these challenges the Democrats present a history-making nominee for president.

History-making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for President

Monday, September 1, 2008

Their "class" is only exceeded

by their malevolence. Can the candidates kids be off limits....Sheeesh. Maybe I don't have what it takes to be a progressive.