Tell Me This Is A Joke About Brett Favre

Please.

I just can’t stand Brett Favre.  I have never liked him, even when most were fawning over him.  And to have to hear endless stories about his future plans again…….let him just go away.  Please.

OK, so we don’t want to get everyone all fired up about this, because it could be nothing. That said …

If Brett Favre wants to go play for the Minnesota Vikings in 2009 — and no one here is saying that he does … yet — the former Green Bay Packers quarterback is one step closer to that possibility after reportedly being released by the New York Jets Tuesday, making him a free agent.

Yes, that means that the stipulation the Packers put in the August 2008 trade that sent Favre to the Jets — that the Jets would owe them three first-round draft picks if they traded Favre to an NFC North team — is null and void.

And Favre, who turns 40 in October, can join the Vikings if the Packers’ archrivals decide to pursue him

Vinyl Records Making Comeback At Best Buy

I feel younger again just reading this. 

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Vinyl records have begun to make a slight resurgence, or at least enough of one to warrant a little shelf space in Best Buy.  It turns out that while CD sales have dropped about 20-percent in the last few years, vinyl sales have only increased.  According to the numbers, vinyl record sales increased 15-percent in 2007, 89-percent in 2008 and are expected to increase even more this year.  I know this sounds strange, after all, many geeks feel that the CD is dead, much less vinyl.  However, in 2008 there were 1.9 million vinyl records sold, and already 670,000 in 2009.  It turns out that these numbers are enough to show Best Buy that people still want vinyl and they have begun a pilot program.

The program is planned to begin at 100 stores across the US.  It was noted that the vinyl section would be about 8 square feet of space and contain about 200 albums.  That compares to the total 16-20 square feet of space dedicated to music, which generally includes about 8,000 CDs.  Assuming the test goes well, then Best Buy has plans to add a vinyl section to each of their stores.  And just in case you were wondering how much a vinyl album goes for these days—roughly $22.95. 

Roy Acuff would not understand that price, but…….

Michael Steele In Need Of Medication After Senator Specter Changes Parties

The rhetoric today has been really amusing to hear, as the charged remarks from the Republican Party pile up like wet unusable cord wood in the back yard following Senator Arlen Specter’s decision to align himself with the Democratic Party.  The most bombastic words came from the man who may not have his job very much longer, the current National Republican Party Chairperson,  Michael Steele.  It is after all Steele’s job to broaden the party, not see it shrink even further.  (Less we forget the special congressional election the GOP lost in New York last week on top of today’s shocking news.)  The fact Steele is not moving in the correct direction as party chair makes his words ring hollow.  As such he should have used a more restrained manner when commenting on the big political news today.  But there is not much reasonable maturity in the GOP anymore.  What we witnessed today is as good as they have to offer.

How do you spell GOP?  W-H-I-G

A heated Michael Steele told CNN Tuesday longtime Republican Sen. Arlen Specter essentially “flipped the bird” at the GOP leadership with his decision to bolt from the party he has been a member of for more than four decades.

Speaking to CNN’s Gloria Borger and Kyra Philips, the Republican National Committee Chairman said it was “not only disrespectful, but downright rude” of Specter to make this decision after the national party made it clear it would stand behind him in a contentious primary fight.

“[National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John] Cornyn went out on the line for this man,” he said. “For the senator to flip the bird back to Senator Cornyn and the Republican Senate Leadership, a team that stood by him, who went to the bat for him in 2004, to save his hide is not only disrespectful but down right rude,”

“I’m sure his mama didn’t raise him this way,” Steele added.

Steele, who said Specter had not given the party leadership a heads up about his decision, also expressed confidence the Pennsylvania senator would either lose a Democratic primary in his home state or the general election to the eventual Republican candidate.

“I seriously doubt he’ll have a scot-free ride on the Democratic side no matter what kind of deal the trial lawyers and Democratic Party have made,” Steele said. “[Pennsylvania] Gov. Ed Rendell may not run for the U.S. Senate, but a lot of congressmen will look at that seat — this is an open seat for the Democrats.”

“If Sen. Specter survives in the fall — get ready to go to the mat, baby, because we’re coming after you and taking you out,” added Steele.

Holy Cow! Sen. Arlen Specter Now A Democrat

This was rumored, but I never thought it to be more than a wish.

Veteran Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter told colleagues Tuesday that he switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party, Sen. Harry Reid says.

The fact is that the Republican Party is becoming a more smaller, and even more  anally-retentive conservative group that plays to the meaner and more narrow-minded in the nation.  Where the GOP goes to find a majority again is a mystery.  Arlen Specter could not abide that type of party any longer.

The Specter party switch would give Democrats a filibuster-proof Senate majority of 60 seats if Al Franken holds his current lead in the disputed Minnesota Senate race.

“Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right,” Specter said in a statement posted by his office on PoliticsPA.com.

“Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.”

Specter, a five-term Senate veteran, was greeted by a loud, sustained round of applause by dozens of constituents outside his Washington office shortly after the news broke.

Welcome to the Democratic Party, Arlen.

Craigslist Killer Philip Markoff “Was A Traditionalist”

Normally I do not post about such things on my blog, but the story about Philip Markoff, the ‘Craigslist killer’, is really different, and also truly disturbing.  Yesterday as James and I walked in a bookstore the image of Markoff was on the cover of a national magazine.  We stopped, and both remarked that he was young, good-looking, upward bound as a medical student, and also now about to be sent away for life on a charge of murder.  I guess it is natural to wonder how the image of perfection is unhinged by the disorders of the mind. 

Today The New York TImes provides more details into the past life of the ‘Craigslist killer’.

Later, at the University at Albany, Mr. Markoff was a member of the College Republicans, and traveled to Washington in 2004 to hear speeches by Ann Coulter and Karl Rove.

“We were surrounded by such a left-wing student body, and he was more like me: he didn’t really share those sentiments,” said one classmate, Jonathan Zierler, who said he had accompanied Mr. Markoff on the trip. “He was a traditionalist as far as things like men and women’s roles in society. He was a throwback from a more conservative era.”

Pressed for details of his character, friends and acquaintances have described a young man who was competitive but not cutthroat, politically opinionated but not confrontational, nerdy but not painfully so.

The next paragraph is where is gets weird, and also more interesting in relation to the murder.  I think there are a number of folks who will read this, and think the same thing.

Mr. Zierler could not remember Mr. Markoff’s ever having a girlfriend until he met Ms. McAllister in his sophomore year at Albany, when they volunteered in an emergency room.

But while Mr. Markoff’s seemingly normal life has crumbled in the week since his arrest on charges of killing one woman and robbing another at gunpoint after meeting them through Craigslist, hints have been slow to emerge as to why he might have committed the crimes.