Thursday, December 28, 2006

This Is the Way It Is?

For reasons that need not be expouned on here, I receive emails (mostly fundraising) for the Drug Policy Alliance, and I was blown away (to put it bluntly, pun(s) intended) by who I recently got a missive from the Most Trusted Man in America:

Dear (my name here),
In my career as a journalist I knew how to recognize a good story and jump on it. When opportunity knocks, we must respond.
That's why I wanted to make sure you knew about a special opportunity to support the Drug Policy Alliance -- your tax-deductible gift today will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor. That means your investment in national drug policy reform will go twice as far toward building a new foundation of reason, compassion and justice. But please hurry - the dollar-for-dollar match ends December 31.

As part of the DPA community, you already know that we are at the forefront of efforts to expose the waste, brutality and civil liberties invasions of the war on drugs. We are also among the leaders in advancing creative alternatives and new policies, solutions that work and help people, rather than suppress our personal freedoms and swell our jails.

There is hope for significant reform in 2007, and the Drug Policy Alliance will press forward to tell the American people the truth - "the way it is." That's why I strongly urge you to renew your support or become a member today.

Americans are paying too high a price in lives and liberty for a failing war on drugs about which our leaders have lost all sense of proportion. The Drug Policy Alliance is the one organization telling the truth. They need you with them every step of the way.

And that's the way it is.

Walter Cronkite

Thursday, December 21, 2006

What Would You Say?

According to the Associated Press, the Dave Matthews Band is hoping to play Wrigley Field July 8 & 9. They are getting clearance from the City Council before they announce.

Sign. Me. Up.

Though Wrigleyville will be overwhelmed with people, like it was 2003 again, most of the DMB fans will be hard-pressed to get into the bars…

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Even though they played a Western Michigan team that seemed as spirited and hard working as Indiana, the sheer level of talent and shooting allowed Indiana to escape with an eight point victory.

Indiana was coming off what I will call a quality win over Southern Illinois, and Western Michigan has more Indiana natives than the Hoosiers, so they were playing with extra gusto.

Now, two games against the bottom feeders in the fictional Hoosier State Conference, IUPUI and Ball State, where Indiana holds a 1-1 record, before the Big Ten opener against the intimidating Greg Oden.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Oh Lilly, Lilly, Lilly, Lilly, Legs, Lilly, Lilly

$44,000,000.00 for four years.

That is a lot of money.

More in one year than his combined lifetime earnings.

He was on the 2004 American League All-Star team, though he did not pitch. Carlos Zambrano did pitch for the National League, and Alfonso Soriano was the MVP.

Still a lot of money for a pitcher one game over .500.