Sunday, November 27, 2005

Econo Lodge - Carthage, Missouri

Wow. Not sure where to start on this one. I am typing this blog in room 108 of the Econo Lodge in Carthage, Mo. But before I explain why I am where I am, I should start with how I got here.

Heather and I decided to head home to Missouri for Thanksgiving break on Tuesday night around 9:30. Things were going great on the drive home. (I always like to drive home at night b/c there is a lot less traffic.) To the best of my recolection around 2:30 a.m. a series of events unfolded something like this: I changed that station on my XM Radio to the 90's hits channel to find the opening beats of 2 Legit 2 Quit, this was soon followed by the mandatory hand movements that go along with the song, soon thereafter I was starting to tell Heather how this girl from high school was going to be having a hip replacement surgery (wierd for a 22 yr old), then.....FUCK!!!...a huge deer decided to walk (not run, gallop, jog, trot, or skip) right in front of my vehicle moving at approx. 80 mph. Being the fantastic driver that I am, I was able to slow down enough and swerve a little as to avoid hitting the deer head on. Instead I hit him in his hip (yeah wierd since we were just talking about hip replacements). This little collision was followed by a few screaming expletives, a very confused dog, and a fiance who suprisingly held it all together and calmed me down in the process. After waiting until 4 a.m. for the Triple A guy to show up to fix my clicking engine, we finally got home around 5 a.m. Yeah, way to kick off a holiday weekend.

The time home was a lot of fun. Seeing friends and family is never a bad thing - although too much of it can be. Luckily I wasn't to that point. Fun times, a lot of laughs, and recalling memories of yore.

Today was the day we would return to Oklahoma and get back in the routine of everyday fun with work and school, but wait! That would be too easy. Heather's mom called and was worried about some storms that were spread out between Tulsa and K.C., so we looked up the weather report online. It looked as though the bad weather would be more along I-35, so we headed back home a different way. Again, things were rolling along smoothly when out of nowhere the sky went black, strong rains and hail started, the weather sirens began to ring, and a tornado watch was in effect b/c one was spotted in the area. This brings me to the here and now. We decided to pull over and get a room at the Econo Lodge to sit out the storm for the night (plus after hitting the deer, I am missing a headlight so driving in the rain at night is not a great idea). Being the fantastic student I am, I started to do my homework in the hotel when the electricity decided it would be a good time to go out. From the information I got from the lady at the front desk, the 40 mph winds knocked over a transformer or something like that. So here we are at 11 p.m. in a room that has electricity due to a generator the hotel turned on.

I am a little apprehensive about talking about tomorrow and Part II of the drive home. I think it is supposed to be a little rainy, but hopefully it wont be anything I, or my slightly damaged yet suprisingly tough Blazer can't handle.

I hope everyone else had a fantastic break, time to do homework. Ciao!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Big Idea with Donny Deutch

I have been watching a "talk show" for a while now called The Big Idea with Donny Deutch. I pretty much just stumbled across the show one night, and have been watching it ever since.

I was first introduced to Donny through the TV show The Apprentice. Donny runs one of the largest advertising firms in America (also has an office in Toronto), with accounts ranging from Johnson & Johnson, to Coors Brewing Co. Just his advertising mind alone is something to be admired for anyone seriously thinking about entering the world of advertising. He has done amazing things for some of the largest companies in the world.

Enough of his business side though, I am writing about his show. It can be seen on weeknights at 9p.m. cst and again at Midnight cst on CNBC. It is a very fascinating show for many reasons. First, Donny is a pretty moderate person. He declares himself to be a "purple" state, and while I may not completely agree with everything he says, it is very nice to see a person actually open minded to both points of view. Another great thing about the show is the guests he brings on. In just his first season on television, he has already been able to book some of Hollywood and Washington's most powerful faces.

The overall great appeal of the show is the mix of politics and entertainment. He is able talk about a wide variety of topics with all of his guests, go toe to toe with some of politics heavy hitters, and all the while stick to his own guns.

He, contrary to popular belief and current news articles, is the one who came up with the idea of boycotting Aruba. He has taken a personal, not just a ratings, interest in what happened to Natalie Holloway, and is always having her mother on the show for updates. He is determined not to just have this story fade away out of the public's mind, and he is correct - without America's tourism to the island, Aruba would just fade away. The economic pressure a tourism boycott would put on that country would lead the government to take seriously the search for Natalie.

But I digress - watch the show. It is not only entertaining, but informative, and for the most part presents both sides to all the stories, which is something refreshing to see. He also has a new book out that I am going to be picking up sometime in the near future called Often Wrong, Never in Doubt. I suspect it should be a good read.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Screw Your Freedoms - Your Lucky to be Alive

As I am watching the O'Rielly factor, I am seriously steaming about some idiot who was just on there. He is a two time convicted sex offender in Iowa. The first time (I belive what he said was a neighbor girl) he only got five years probation for his crime. The second offense (his 7 year old nephew) only landed him five years in prison. That little sentence, I think, is something for a completely other discussion, and is nto what I am pissed about right now.

The whole reason for this dude coming on the show was to say how his rights are being violated as a two-time convicted sex offender. He has the audacity to bitch about where he can and can't live. How he has to register everytime he moves. This, that, and the other. All of his inconviences, rightfully so, are based on legislature such as Megan's Law to protect, mainly, younger children. Personally I think this guy is lucky to be alive. If my kid ever gets molested, that person dies. End of story. He was lucky enough to dodge the wrath of two fathers. Beyond being alive, I think he should feel very thankful that after two convictions he only had to serve 5 years! Are you kidding me? Call me crazy, extremist, whatever you want, but in my opinion he should be locked up for life. If this was a different century - his dick would be cut off.

Beyond saying that his rights were violated - which already had me on the verge of screaming at the TV - he also had the balls to say the only reason he committed the second offense is because he didn't get the proper treatment after the first time. He said something to the effect of, "In jail you can get the treatment you need, when you are not in jail for this, you can't." Are you fucking kidding me? Yes, I do think he should have went to jail after the first time, and not just gotten a slap on the wrist, but who pays for your fucking treatment in jail, pal? ME (and every other taxpayer)! Well, I guess in actuality since this was in Iowa, I might not have footed the bill; but I am sure there are people in Oklahoma, Texas, or Missouri who are in the same position, that I did pay for at one point in time while living in those states.

And for him to say he can't get treatment unless he is in jail? NO, it's more like he doesn't want to get treatment on his own so he can conviently use that as an excuse for his second offense. What excuse is he going to use for his third? Watching this guy on TV made me realize he is very complacent and somewhat unapologetinc about his actions. He is more concerned about his own well-being. He shouldn't have a well being. The only thing America should care about is the kids' lives he forever damaged, and how they can be helped to grow up as naturally as possibly.

This guy pretty much just got me steaming for the rest of the night. Damn him.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Good Riddance

Terrell Owens is an idiot. Period. This is a man who is debatably the best reciever in the game today, yet he can't keep his damn mouth shut. Recently he has again been outspoken in rather negative terms towards his team and teammates, and got suspended. Great. Good for the Eagles. Personally I don't think they should have let him come back after what he did in the offseason, but they did. Now, however, I think they did make the right decision in suspending T.O. for, what could be, the rest of the season. Hopefully they will cut him at season's end, and every other team in the league will see he is more of a detriment to teams, and therefore not pick him up.

Let him sit out a year. He probably doesn't give a crap about the weekly paycheck he isn't recieving for playing, but the endorsement checks he will stop getting will probably, well at least hopefully, send him a message.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Stupid Chirac

Ain't karma a bitch? I can't really say I am glad that innocent people are getting injured in the riots in France, but this situation has made French President Jacques Chirac look like a complete idiot - especially after making such moronic statements about the U.S. war on terror. It seems as though he isnt even prepared to fight the terror on his own soil refusing to call up military reserves, instead calling upon backup police officers. Good Luck.

From Fox News:

France Sets Curfews, Deploys 9,500 Cops
Monday, November 07, 2005

ARIS — France will impose curfews under a state-of-emergency law and call up police reservists to stop rioting that has spread out of Paris' suburbs and into nearly 300 cities and towns across the country, the prime minister said Monday, calling a return to order "our No. 1 responsibility."

The tough new measures came as France's worst civil unrest in decades entered a 12th night, with rioters in the southern city of Toulouse setting fire to a bus after sundown after ordering passengers off, and elsewhere pelting police with gasoline bombs and rocks and torching a nursery school.

Outside the capital in Sevran, a junior high school was set ablaze, while in another Paris suburb, Vitry-sur-Seine, youths threw gasoline bombs at a hospital, police said. No one was injured. Earlier, a 61-year-old retired auto worker died of wounds from an attack last week, the first death in the violence.

Asked on TF1 television whether the army should be brought in, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said, "We are not at that point."

But "at each step, we will take the necessary measures to re-establish order very quickly throughout France," he said. "That is our prime duty: ensuring everyone's protection."

The recourse to curfews followed the worst overnight violence so far, and foreign governments warned their citizens to be careful in France. Apparent copycat attacks took place outside France, with five cars torched outside the main train station in Brussels, Belgium. German police were investigating the burning of five cars in Berlin.

The violence started Oct. 27 among youths in a northeastern Paris suburb angry over the accidental deaths of two teenagers but has grown into a nationwide insurrection.

The mayhem is forcing France to confront anger building for decades in neglected suburbs and among the French-born children of Arab and black African immigrants. The teenagers whose deaths sparked the rioting were of Mauritanian and Tunisian descent. They were electrocuted as they hid from police in a power substation, apparently thinking they were being chased.

President Jacques Chirac, in private comments more conciliatory than his warnings Sunday that rioters would be caught and punished, acknowledged in a meeting Monday with Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga that France has not integrated immigrant youths, she said.

Chirac deplored the "ghettoization of youths of African or North African origin" and recognized "the incapacity of French society to fully accept them," said Vike-Freiberga.

France "has not done everything possible for these youths, supported them so they feel understood, heard and respected," Chirac added, noting that unemployment runs as high as 40 percent in some suburbs, four times the national rate, according to Vike-Freiberga.

Vandals burned more than 1,400 vehicles overnight into Monday, as well as churches, schools and businesses, and injured 36 police officers in clashes around the country, setting a new high for arson and violence, said France's national police chief, Michel Gaudin. Attacks were reported in 274 towns, and police made 395 arrests.

"This spread, with a sort of shock wave spreading across the country, shows up in the number of towns affected," Gaudin said.

In terms of material destruction, the unrest is France's worst since World War II — and never has rioting struck so many different French cities simultaneously, said security expert Sebastian Roche, a director of research at the state-funded National Center for Scientific Research.

Villepin said curfews will be imposed under a 1955 law that allows the declaring of a state of emergency in parts or all of France. The law was passed to curb unrest in Algeria during the war that led to its independence.

He said 1,500 reservists were being called up to reinforce the 8,000 police and gendarmes already deployed. The Cabinet will meet Tuesday to authorize curfews "wherever it is necessary," he said.

"The multiplying acts of destruction, the destruction of schools and sports centers, thousands of cars set on fire, all of this is unacceptable and inexcusable," he said. "To all in France who are watching me, who are disturbed by this, who are shocked, who want to see a return to normalcy, a return to security, the state's response — I say it tonight forcefully — will be firm and just."

Villepin said "organized criminal networks" are backing the violence and youths taking part are treating it as a "game," trying to outdo each other. He did not rule out the possibility that radical Islamists are involved, saying: "That element must not be neglected." France's community of Muslims, at some 5 million, is western Europe's largest.

Local government officials will be able to impose curfews "if they think it will be useful to permit a return to calm and ensure the protection of residents. That is our No. 1 responsibility," the prime minister said.

A Socialist opposition leader, Francois Hollande, said his party would closely watch to make sure the curfew law is applied properly.

"This law cannot be applied everywhere, and it cannot be long-lasting," Hollande said. He said Villepin should have put more emphasis on improving life in tough neighborhoods and said the premier's proposals were vague.

Villepin said he wanted to speed up a $35.5 billion urban redevelopment plan, triple the number of merit scholarships for talented students and offer jobs, training or internships to disadvantaged young people.

"We must offer them hope and a future," he said.

But nearly 600 people were in custody Monday night, and fast-track trials were being used to punish rioters.

France's biggest Muslim fundamentalist organization, the Union for Islamic Organizations of France, issued a religious decree against the violence. It prohibited all those "who seek divine grace from taking part in any action that blindly strikes private or public property or can harm others."

The first fatality was identified as 61-year-old Jean-Jacques Le Chenadec. He was trying to extinguish a trash can fire Friday at his housing project in the northeastern Paris suburb of Stains when an attacker caught him by surprise and beat him into a coma, police said.

"They have to stop this stupidity," his widow, Nicole, told Associated Press Television News of the rioting. "It's going nowhere."

Business School Entrance Exam ... or English Test?

So, last Friday I took the PCAT (which is the entrance exam to get into the business school here at OU). First, lets just get it out of everyone's system - Yes, I am in my fourth year of college, and yes, I am just applying to get into the business school. Done laughing? Great. The process was a little held up since I transfered. Hopefully I will only have to go through one victory lap at college.

As I was sitting listening to the exam instructor tell us what this thing was going to be about, I couldn't help but wonder if I was in the right room. I am not really sure what I had in mind for the entrance exam, but I was thinking it would be something along the lines of what we had to go through at TCU; have good grades, get Microsoft Certified, then go through a professional interview with a big-wig in the DFW business community.

Instead, I had to write two essays. You might be thinking, "Well, if they are essays about business (any aspect of business), that might not be so bad." Hmmm. Well, thats not what it was at all. My first essay (which I had 45 minutes to compose, edit, and finalize) was for me to analyse the quote, "All good ideas come from passion in commonplace things." Are you kidding me? The second essay I had to write (which I only had 30 minutes for ) was a little better, but not a lot. This one was about analysing an argument, which side I was on, and why.

I guess I am just a little confused why me getting into business school is contingent upon grammer, sentence structure, etc. Not to say all that stuff isn't important, but I think there are more important things that need to be focused on when trying to get my degree candidacy and all taht stuff figured out.

Oh, by the way, I got a 5/6 on each one; which I suppose is very good since a 6/6 is real hard to come by. I should get my notification on if i get into the Price College of Business in a week or so.

In other news, for the 6th time in a row the Chiefs beat the Raiders. It's not just that they beat them that impressed me, it is how they beat them. The Chiefs have always been a kind of notorious conservative team. To see Dick Vermiel go for the win with 5 seconds left on the 1 yard line was very impressive. It just shows me that these Chiefs would rather go for the win right then, then play it conservative and try to win in overtime. I love it. Congrats.

The Dallas Mavericks are off to an OK start. They, as always, look good on offense, but letting up 95 ppg isnt going to get you very far.

I know this is a few weeks old, but kudos to Bill Gates. Obviously being the richest person in the world he has a huge obligation to make good with the blessings he has been given. He recently announced that on top of the millions of dollars in donations he already gives every year, he is going to donate an extra $250 million this next year to fight malaria. Chump Change.