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April 25, 2007

More Sheryl Crow

Only one square for Sheryl

Damn. Good stuff.

Now she claims it was a joke. Problem is that if her little joke was to get people to pay attention to Global Warming, I can't see how that makes a lot of sense. I am inclined to think that solutions like hers are no more or less practical than solutions to cut consumption proposed by folks flying private jets around the world to tell us how to do it.

Posted by Justin at 01:36 PM

Suns - Lakers (14)

Boredom. It reminded me of my oldest son fighting with my middle son. We knew who was going to win. Sure, it was fun for a while, but then it is no longer fun, it is just plain mean. Last night was just plain mean.

Poor Kobe. Getting booed constantly. Then when he turned his ankle, the crowd chanted "Kobe Sucks" in unison. 15 points. That damned Raja Bell shouldn't be able to stop Kobe, but there he was again, holding Kobe to 1-6 over the last three quarters of Game 2.

Listening to Phil Jackson's press conference after the game said it all. "Do you have an answer for LB?" Nope. "How do you stop their fast break?" No idea, they ran at will on us. "How do you beat the Suns?" Don't know that either.

I don't ever want to say it is over when the other team has the best player in the NBA. Now, the question becomes can the Lakers even win a game. I really don't think they can, regardless of how good Kobe is. The problem is their other 4 on the court with him. They may as well not even be there offensively. Kobe tried to get them involved last night, but the Lakers are at their best when Kobe scores 39, 45, 50 points and in Game 1 that was not enough. There is no chemistry. There is no team. There is Kobe and a bunch of role players--their roles being to feed Kobe the rock and rebound his misses. And when Kobe goes into his pouty, "I'm going to pretend to be a team player" mode, the Lakers are even worse. They get embarrassed. See Game 7 last year.

The number is 14. 2 Down, 14 to go. Jer said it best last night in an e-mail to me:

i have to say that one play pretty much showed what this team is all about; an open court breakaway by barbosa in which he forgoes the easy layup to let marion take the poster dunk. after hoisting that spiffy sixth man tropy before the sellout crowd, he scores 26 instead of 28. i dont think that kobe passes that ball off, instead he pulls a crazy dunk on his breakaway to cut the lead to 28 instead of 30. i think that you lay that one in kobe, we were not impressed. in a nutshell, a lakers dynasty came to an end when kobe and shaq could not contain their egos.

Kazaam. The Diesel. The Big Aristotle. Kwame Brown ain't Shaq and the Lakers are the Kobe show now. Kobe got what he wanted. The spotlight. Last night, the Lakers fans didn't even show up. Only one or two here or there. They knew it wasn't even worth coming to. Unfortunately for them, this is the last time we will see the Lakers this year in Phoenix.

Posted by Justin at 01:17 PM

April 24, 2007

BMSA Ski Patrollers Volunteer for Mammoth "Elevation" Week

BMSA Ski Patrol volunteers for Mammoth Mountain's "Elevation" week:

Brokeback Mountain Ski Area (BMSA) has recently dispatched a group of ski patrolmen to the California's Mammoth Mountain ski resort. The Brokeback Mountain ski patrolmen were aiding the Mammoth Patrol during the popular gay week.

The "Elevation" gay week at Mammoth Mountain is an independent event which attracts over a thousand gay and lesbian skiers and snowboarders annually.

Brokeback Mountain Ski Area Ski Patrollers assisting an injured skier

Beth Clark and the entire BMSA staff are committed to diversity.

Posted by Justin at 03:24 PM | Comments (1)

April 23, 2007

Stop Global Warming - Mallrats Style from Sheryl Crow (h/t Say Anything Blog)

I keep promising myself that I won't make fun of celebrities and the crap that they say about Global Warming, but damn... This brain storm from Sheryl Crow:

Although my ideas are in the earliest stages of development, they are, in my mind, worth investigating. One of my favorites is in the area of forest conservation which we heavily rely on for oxygen. I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don't want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required. When presenting this idea to my younger brother, who's judgment I trust implicitly, he proposed taking it one step further. I believe his quote was, "how bout just washing the one square out."

Damn, man. The cost of global warming. There is a term for that--stink palming:

You stink-palm him.

Stink-palm?

Take your hand and you stick it in your ass like this. You've been walking all day and you're also nervous and no doubt you're sweaty as hell.

You should see yourself right now. A man with his hand in his pants.

I probably look like my old man. Now you shake hands with the guy.

"Hey, Mr. Svenning. How've you been?"

What's the point?

Know how long it takes for that smell to come off? Scrub all you like, it'll stick around for at least two days. How does he explain it to his colleagues and family? They'll think he doesn't know how to wipe his ass properly.

Meanwhile, you yourself are left with a hand that smells like sh*t?

Small price to pay for the smiting of one's enemies.

Small price to pay for saving the Earth.

Posted by Justin at 04:59 PM

Weekend in Moab

Took a roadie up to Moab to help my grandfather this weekend. Doing some mining work and needed a driver. Only real mistake was taking the Avalanche, not the Wrangler.

Jeep Mecca. It is like a Jeep Magazine photo shoot everywhere you look. Pimped Jeeps that just make you jealous. And make you want to spend money.

This trip was on his dime, so I ate Prime Rib and Tri-tip. In exchange, he made me take my black Avy through sage brush and cedars and now it needs a wax job, let alone over rocks and nastiness. I have a Jeep for stuff like that and I would have enjoyed it instead of seeing every rock with a $$$ on it and having my mind constantly worrying about what damage I was doing to the highway truck.

"The Damned thing is a 4 Wheel Drive. What'cha got a 4WD for if you don't take it off road?"

Uh, for driving up I-15 and Parowan Canyon in a snowstorm. My Avy is for road trips not for off-roading. I have a brand new Rubicon that is lifted, has a winch, high lift, every kind of off road supply you need, and instead, we are taking the family road trip wagon through the mountains.

It is payback for when I was a Junior and Senior in high school and I took his old red and white Ford places that it never should have been.

Posted by Justin at 12:17 PM

Press Conferences and Team Play - Magic Number '15'

From my e-mail sent to Jeremy after the game:

Yesterday, Raja, Boris, and Junior went 4 for 16 from the field and 0 for 8 from three while playing 80 minutes. 10 points combined. As a team we went 6-23 from 3. But we had the inside game and Barbosa’s energy to get us through it. Last year’s team had LB, but he wasn’t near what he has been this year. He is a star and then some. And Amare was getting easy buckets down low and trips to the line over and over. Last year, we lose yesterday’s game, but this year, we play a horrible game and manage to be up 1-0. Best part—15 of 33, 39pts, 1—ONE ASSIST. His quote after the game:

“We didn’t execute like we did in the first half. As a consequence my touches became a lot harder because they could double and triple me. First half we did a good job picking off the ball, I was able to catch it and operate. Second half, we got away from it.”

Translation--It was my teammates’ fault because they didn’t do enough to pick for me and get me the ball, so I had to shoot over double and triple teams. I mean, I tried to get my teammates involved and gave them plenty of chances to pass the ball to me and let me shoot, but aside from passing me the ball, they didn’t work hard enough to get me open so I could shoot it. I mean come on, I had one assist, so I was trying to get them involved. I only shot 33 times.

Wow. I mean, this is solid stuff right there. Throw your teammates under the bus, don't blame yourself for missing shots or for continuing to shoot over double and triple teams.

Suns 1 - Lakers 0.

And even better:

Denver 1 - San Antonio 0
Golden State 1 - Dallas 0

One down, fifteen more.

Posted by Justin at 12:11 PM

April 20, 2007

4/20 4:20

Just wanted to send a shout out to every unemployed, convenience store, or fast food worker that it is your favorite holiday. Drop out of college, spark up the bong, and grab the snowboard because this weekend is the last of the season at most resorts.

I apologize if this offends any college dropouts, convenience store workers, fast food workers, or unemployed folks by falsely accusing them of having motivational difficulties due to their marijuana use. Certainly, I apologize to any snowboarders who are none of the above... both of you.

Posted by Justin at 04:20 PM

April 19, 2007

Suns - Lakers Starts Sunday - Did You Hear, Kobe?

Kobe comes back to Phoenix on Sunday. He is listed as probable despite his continued ear problems.

Here, Kobe demonstrates that he could barely hear the young Colorado woman say "No means no" or "that chair doesn't look very comfortable". He apparently did hear that the hotel had a policy for famous guests of sneaking them into the property to avoid photographers. Unfortunately his hearing also led him to mistake the desk girl when she said, "You are welcome to use the back door."

Posted by Justin at 06:19 PM

April 18, 2007

Leinart in Danger of Violating the Pac-man Jones Rule

Because it is a slow news day in Phoenix:

Loop 101 speed-enforcement cameras snapped Leinart's 2006 Chevrolet three times within five days in March, and one of the city's other street cameras caught him once in June.

Neither Leinart, nor his representatives, could be reached for comment.
[...]
Leinart is scheduled to be arraigned on the March speeding citations next Wednesday, and again on April 30, in Scottsdale City Court.
[...]
Leinart, who made $9 million last year, could pay the fines and stay out of court. Or, if he claims he is not the driver, Leinart could ask for a hearing.

And just in case folks in Phoenix don't know who Matt Leinart is, they add this tidbit at the end of the story:

The former University of Southern California star led the Trojans to back-to-back national college football championships in 2003 and 2004; was the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner; the Rose Bowl Most Valuable Player in 2004; and the Orange Bowl MVP in 2005.

For the Cardinals last year, Leinart completed 214 of 377 passes for 2,547 yards and 11 touchdowns, and rushed for two more touchdowns, but was intercepted 12 times. The Cardinals won 4 and lost 8 during the dozen games that Leinart played.

Supreme Court upholds Partial Birth Abortion ban 5-4. VA Tech Student kills 32. Car bombs in Baghdad kill over 150 people.

Nah, we got a QB for the Cardinals that does 77 in a 65 twice in four days. I am glad that Carol Sowers of the Arizona Republic is assigned to the hard hitting news beat of the Scottsdale Traffic Court.

BTW, this reminds me that I have to pay a ticket myself because my driver's license is probably already suspended.

Posted by Justin at 12:36 PM

April 17, 2007

Heroes of VA Tech

This is off of Hotnews and is inspiring.

Israeli professor of Romanian origin Liviu Librescu numbers among those killed in the Virginia Tech University massacre on Monday. According to the International Herald Tribune, Librescu sacrificed his life to save his students. He had blocked the access to the his class so that students can run from the attacker.

Librescu, 77, was teaching at the Virginia Tech University for 20 years.

Israeli media also announce the death of Liviu Librescu. The online edition of the Jerusalem Post reports that he was shot to death, while ynetnews.com writes that he was killed during his attempt to block the access to the class.

Alec Calhoun, a student who witnessed his death, told the Associated Press that he saw her teacher blocking the door to the class while some of her colleagues were hiding, while others were jumping out of the window.

The professor had been driven to school by his wife less than an hour before he was shot.

AP writes that his wife Marlina and sons Arieh and Joe have already started to prepare for his burial in Israel.

His daughter-in-law Ayala has said the professor was very passionate of his work and a dedicated family man, while University colleagues described him as a “real gentleman”.

Liviu Librescu graduated the Politechnical University in Bucharest in 1952 with a specialization in aeronautical engineering. In 1972, he received the Traian Vuia Award of the Romanian Academy of Sciences.

In 1979-1886 he served as mechanical engineering professor at the Tel Aviv University.

According to ynetnews.com, he and his wife were survivors of the Holocaust who immigrated to Israel from Romania in 1978.

That is what a hero is. Self sacrifice to save others.

Posted by Justin at 06:29 PM | Comments (2)

62

Tonight the Suns try for win 62 against the Clips. 62 would tie a franchise record set in 1992-93 and tied two years ago. 62 was good enough for the number one seed in 2004-2005 and also in 1992-93, but because of the Mav's great season, it is four games out of the best record.

Jake and I are going to see the game and start getting ready for the playoffs that begin this weekend. It is that time again and time for another run at a title.

Posted by Justin at 11:16 AM

April 16, 2007

Much Love for Vermont April Dumps (h/t Sparkie at Say Anything Blog.com)

First off, Sparkie over at Say Anything Blog.com posted this and offered the following caption:

Killington, Vermont - Noon on Saturday. That is not manmade snow either. The last two thurs/fris up there have yielded 24” and 18” respectively. Currently that area is about 8” into a 30” dump scheduled to end sometime tomorrow. The skiing on Saturday was f**king brilliant. The only thing like this I can remember recently was 2001 when that area got approx 48” during the first week of April. Anyone on the eastern seaboard who skis - Monday/Tuesday might be a sweet time to come down with a ‘48 hour flu’. Wink wink.

Say is my first stop in the morning as far as blog reads and Sparkie offers some great commentary. Never knew my boy was a two planker who suffered from similar bouts of the flu as your truly.

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Posted by Justin at 11:12 AM | Comments (1)

John Stewart on Nancy Grace and Duke Lacrosse (h/t Wizbang)

Nancy Grace has nothing to rant about now.

Nancy Grace is a witch.

Posted by Justin at 10:54 AM | Comments (1)

April 12, 2007

Settling in for the Off Season

This weekend is the last ski weekend at Brian Head. I talked to Tera yesterday about making one last trip up, but this weekend won't work. Jarrett has a field trip to the zoo tomorrow, she has to work, Jake has AIMS testing to make sure No Child Gets Left Behind. All of the fun things that we put off for the last six months are catching up with us.

It was a great season. The skiing wasn't great and the snow didn't come down in nearly the amount we wanted (half the average annual snowfall for Brian Head), but this year was better than last and we made several trips that were very enjoyable. Jarrett got his first couple real days skiing in and Jake and Jack got at least 20 days (they don't mind light coverage and hard packed conditions because they don't have to pay to get p-tex work done or for waxes).

So now it is time for my offseason routine. Here is what I have going on:

  • New workout program at the local YMCA. Started a couple of weeks ago because I am fat and out of shape--well, I am in a shape, but round is the wrong shape.
  • Suns Post-season. This should keep me busy until June when they win a title.
  • Wickenburg football season. Wick is coming off back to back seasons when they went deep in the playoffs including a state title loss to Coolidge this last season. I am once again working the chains and spending my Friday nights watching football.
  • ASU Football. Dennis Erickson. Great returning talent. USC at home on Thanksgiving Day. Roses would be nice, but even the Sun or Holiday Bowl would be an upgrade.
  • Cardinals Football. Despite my better judgment and my bitterness over the last 20 years of underachieving (except for 1998), I renewed my season tickets.
  • The Annual Cards Training Camp Trip. Every year in August, we head to Flag for a day.
  • Maybe a Diamondbacks game or two. I am still upset over the loss of purple and teal in the unis.

Got some work projects to catch up on, some house projects, and am getting ready to open another business this coming spring. Lots on my plate, but it is always good stuff. The condo needs two things done still--the closet doors hung upstairs and the downstairs bathroom finished. Not a lot of work to do, so next season should be even more enjoyable. All the work is done, so there will be more time for skiing and relaxing.

All in all, I am looking forward to the summer and fall and cannot wait for the snow to start coming down again. I will keep updating and posting throughout the summer with more information related to my doings as well as skiing.

Posted by Justin at 10:28 AM | Comments (1)

April 11, 2007

More on Breck and Snowbasin

More on yesterday's post about Snow Basin and Breck from reader Kevin:

It is tough to compare the two ski areas, Snowbasin vs Breck. We skiied 3 days in Breck and 2 at Snowbasin and I actually think I got more skiing in at Snowbasin becuase of not having to wait in all of the lift lines and all of the people. There were times at Snowbasin in the Strawberry area where we would have a whole trail to ourselves. Snowbasin seemed to be more of a true skier's mountain where as Breck had the skiing and the party atmosphere. Don't get me wrong, Breck was awesome, but you want a place to really ski and not worry about the crowds, Snowbasin is a good choice. I had no idea Snowbasin actually has more skiable acres than Breck.

But if you want a truly ginormous skiing experience, Big Sky has them all beat. 5000+ acres. 4,000+ vertical feet. 300k skier visits per year.

It is a matter of what you want out of a trip. I am more of a skiing purist. I don't like to party, so the night life is less important to me. I have kids so value is important because there are more mouths to feed and lift tickets to buy.

One thing I will say is that Breck, Keystone, Vail--VRI in general have the Colorado Pass which takes care of the value piece. Big Sky has their Frequent Sky Card (I believe that is the name this year). Both make it much more affordable to ski multiple days. But the resorts I love (Alta, Big Sky, Wolf Creek) all lack nightlife but have excellent snow consistently and have plenty of terrain and short lift lines.

I am gonna have to hit Snow Basin because it sounds like my kind of place.

Posted by Justin at 11:40 AM

April 10, 2007

Statistics on Utah Skier Visits

I have added a new page with detailed statistics of Utah skier visits from the state's Demographic and Economic Analysis Department. Check out the new page and info. Here is the chart:

Some interesting info, but Skier Visits have increased dramatically since 2001.

Utah still lags far behind Colorado as a national ski destination, but the state has a ton to offer. I rec'd an e-mail today that said the following:

I was lucky enough to ski Breck in January and Snowbasin in March. What are your thoughts on Snowbasin? Skiied it on a Wednesday and Thursday. No lift lines and the two gondolas were awesome. Different atmosphere than Breck.

Check the stats for Snowbasin:

  • Vertical rise: 2,959 ft (902 m)
  • Average yearly snowfall: 400 in (10 m)
  • Total lifts: 12
    • 1 Tram
    • 2 Gondolas (high speed detachable)
    • 1 Quad chair (high speed detachable)
    • 4 Triple chair
    • 1 Double chair
    • 1 Magic carpet
    • 2 Hand rope tows
  • Total lift capacity: 14,650 people per hour
  • Skiable area: 2,650 acres

Compare this to Breck that receives roughly five times the number of skier visits on the same acreage. Here are Breck's comparable stats:

  • Vertical rise: 3,398 feet (1,036 m)
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 300 in
  • Total Lifts: 29
    • 2 high-speed 6-passenger SuperChairs
    • 7 high-speed quad lifts
    • 1 triple lift
    • 6 double lifts
    • 1 8-passenger gondola
    • 4 surface lifts
    • 8 carpet lifts
  • Total lift capacity: 37,880 people per hour
  • Skiable Area: 2358 acres

Utah is nearly untouched. Colorado gets 12M + skier visits per year to Utah's 4M. Alta-Snowbird is absolutely massive and Snowbasin, Solitude, Brighton, and the West Side resorts getting half as much traffic as Park City.

Long story short--Utah has far fewer people than Colorado and the resorts are much less crowded. Down side is that the nightlife is lacking (save Park City) and the beer flows like water--but it has the same alcohol content and tastes like water too. Utah has a very different feel than Colorado, but as far as pure skiing, I prefer Utah. No, I take that back--I prefer Alta, and it happens Alta is in Utah. I have yet to try Snowbasin, but plan to early next year. Just been spending almost every day at Brian Head this season.

Posted by Justin at 03:44 PM

April 08, 2007

The Year That Was in Utah

The SLC Tribune has an article on the year that was in Utah:

"We got some good early snow," he said.

But starting in November, a high pressure ridge parked itself over the West until about February.

That weather pattern acted as a bubble, forcing snowstorms to other areas, he said.

Utah's loss was Canada's gain, as many storms shifted to the north, McInerney explained.

Meager snowpacks, which reached about 50 percent of average in northern Utah, are not only bad news for skiing, but they also spell trouble for the Salt Lake Valley's water resources in the summer.

This season sucked in a bad way for me. Early snow, but no mid season snow at all. I finally had my place done and Brian Head got 225" of snow (and a huge chunk of that came in March). Normal snowfall is over 400".

But take what you get and thank the Ski Gods for the wonderful sport. It still was a ski season and the laws of averages mean that sooner or later we will have another 600" winter like two years ago.

Posted by Justin at 11:21 PM | Comments (1)

April 07, 2007

Viewer Mail

I have taken a principled stand against Global Warming Hypocrisy as well as the infringement of Native American Rights upon property owners with the following posts:

Today I rec’d the following e-mail [excerpted for length}:

Without taking up too much of your time, I just wanted to express my sincere regret for your lack of education, and the poor-upbringing your children must be getting from their male role-model if those pictures on the website are in fact them.

As I write this message and look at a picture of a family in front of a trail map sign, I want to specifically state that I do not feel everyone in the US must finish grade school, high school, or go to college to be “educated”. The problem lies when one speaks strongly and they do not have any education about the subject they are speaking to, but ascertain claims as if they were experts.

However, from your telling of the recent Casino situation, global warming, to your details about the Arizona Snowbowl case, its very clear you have never studied anything related to ecological functionality, culture, the history of the US, and specifically Native American History.

Sir, your racism is reminiscent of the civil rights movement in the 60’s. You are one of the micro-reasons racism still exists as your white supremaced attitude leaks through almost every article I’ve read on your blog in the last couple of hours.

I’ll see what my SOAN 630/680 class thinks of this blog in the coming week or two as we may focus a case study on your particular blog as a real world example of neo-colonialism, as well as bounce this off the others at the environmental justice center in Washington that I work with specifically to address such issues as you raise in these articles.

Perhaps we’ll be in contact in the future. Until then I hope your readers distinguish the horrendous hateful tone you express in this blog through the beauty that is skiing, and readers recognize that this perspective is no more than ultra right wing conservative GW Bush type propaganda, hidden under a veil of skiing, creating a neo-colonial platform for white folks to continue to hate Indians so YOU CAN GO SKIING (!?).

Wow. Please read my hate filled racist blog about skiing.

My response:

While you may disagree with my tone, opinion, or writing style, the purpose of my site is to encourage discussion of issues that are important to me and to the sport. And in that respect, I have accomplished my mission. People are reading my site and it is encouraging discussion. While we may disagree on the issues, I appreciate the fact that you believe my opinion is so hateful, racist, neocolonialist or whatever that you would choose to include my writings in your class. I cannot encourage discourse without taking sides and without writing passionately about the issues that I care about. Your note demonstrates that our political system is about making your voice heard, whether that be at the ballot box or in the general discourse. Perhaps you mistake passion with anger, racism, hate, etc., but they are merely rhetorical tools that draw attention to the cause. Without my site, folks would be less informed about the issue. You may not like what I say, but it is precisely the impact of blogging that allows the average citizen to make their voice heard.

I encourage you or your students to post comments in an appropriate manner that attacks my positions without attacking me or my family. I also would appreciate if you make your comments about the issues, not about the upbringing of my children.

Thanks for reading my blog and for your feedback.

This is the response. No debate on the merits of the Snowbowl decision or Global Warming, but rather, to attack me as a Racist, Neocolonialist puppet of the Right Wing Hate-mongers like George W. Bush.

Let's get back to the issues. Like it or hate it, the Snowbowl case is not about Native American history, it is about the San Francisco Peaks and the role of the executive branch of government to administer their lands. Global Warming is about the impact of climate study and the quality of the science on the political system. It is about how we as Americans change our habits or impact our economy to fix a problem that we are not even sure how much is man-made.

Nope, this is really about me and how I raise my kids.

Posted by Justin at 01:54 PM

April 06, 2007

Some Jackson Skiing to Tide Me Over During the Offseason

Dude, this is just sickness. Check it.

Posted by Justin at 10:15 PM

Arizonans Sue Indian Casino to Stop Expansion

Chandler, Arizona neighbors sue Gila River Indian Tribe alleging that the new casino planned just south of several neighborhoods will bring crime and decrease property values. In court, local citizens testified that if a casino was built mere blocks from their homes, it would impact their religious freedom and impact their community. One spokesman compared having a casino in their neighborhood to having a child watching his mother be raped and another claimed that building a casino so near to the homes was a primary cause behind 9-11.

OK, so that isn't gonna fly when Indian Tribes in Arizona want to open Walkways over the Grand Canyon or want to build casinos just blocks from residential neighborhoods. But the story is great in what it says about the reservation system and the power the tribes weild against their neighbors with not even a thought on the lives of the people they displace:

The Gila River Indian Community's plans to build a casino south of Chandler neighborhoods has residents organizing opposition and city and county officials stymied by spotty communication from the tribe.

Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn said only a few months ago he asked Gila Gov. William Rhodes what was planned for the area south of Hunt Highway around Gilbert Road and was told it would continue as agricultural land. Last month and a few weeks after that conversation, he learned about plans to build a 120,000-square-foot, $60 million casino there.

Patty Kozas, who lives less than a half mile from the casino site, and many of her neighbors have been calling city offices to express worries about the casino's impact on property values and neighborhood safety.

"But we keep running into, 'there's nothing we can do, it's the reservation.' It's very frustrating for us because we live here and they're building something near our houses."

Amazing. They have no requirement to regulate the kinds of buildings or businesses on their land because the Federal Government allows them to completely control it. They can do anything they want on reservation land.

Well, that ain't enough. See, they aren't content to have massive reservations including the entire Northeast corner of Arizona. Other tribes aren't content to simply desecrate the Grand Canyon. They want all land under their control so that they can build casinos wherever they want, but no one else has a damned bit of say. Matter of fact, even having 99% of the land under their control is not enough, they are gonna sue for the other 1%.

And not a damned thing we can do about it. Thanks 9th Circuit.

Posted by Justin at 09:12 PM

April 02, 2007

How to Stop Global Warming - Hollywood Style (h/t Rob at Sayanything)

I am not gonna let this go. I am disgusted by the elitist "do as I say, not as I do" style of Environmentalism by the wealthy in the US. This story is exactly the attitude that makes me want to vomit everytime an actor mentions "Global Warming" and the need of average Americans to cut back while they continue to live their priviledged lifestyle. People that live in 20,000 sq. ft. glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

This story about John Travolta from the UK should highlight how hypocritical Hollywood is about Global Warming. But at least they gave Al Gore an Oscar, right...

His serious aviation habit means he is hardly the best person to lecture others on the environment. But John Travolta went ahead and did it anyway. The 53-year-old actor, a passionate pilot, encouraged his fans to "do their bit" to tackle global warming.

But although he readily admitted: "I fly jets", he failed to mention he actually owns five, along with his own private runway. Clocking up at least 30,000 flying miles in the past 12 months means he has produced an estimated 800 tons of carbon emissions – nearly 100 times the average Briton's tally.

"It [global warming] is a very valid issue," Travolta declared. "I'm wondering if we need to think about other planets and dome cities.

"Everyone can do their bit. But I don't know if it's not too late already. We have to think about alternative methods of fuel...

Travolta's five private planes – a customised £2million Boeing 707, three Gulfstream jets and a Lear jet – are kept at the bottom of his garden in the US next to a private runway.

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Posted by Justin at 09:53 AM | Comments (3)

Suns 126 - Mavs 104

The Phoenix Suns destroyed the Mavs defense yesterday at US Airways Center.

Sunday brought the sunny side. Phoenix set an NBA high and a US Airways Center record with 64.8 percent shooting in a 126-104 showpiece victory against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Suns rose up again and showed they can beat any team, knocking off the 61-12 Mavericks for the second time in the past 18 days. That ability to lift their games on demand comes in awfully handy when they play only the best in the postseason.

The Suns were unstoppable. The most impressive performance of the year, although the game failed to live up to the hype of being the leagues two best teams.

It is playoff time and the crowd came alive unlike most of the games this season. And I think it helped. The Suns have played like the games are meaningless the last month despite winning 15 of 20 games since the All-Star Break and the crowd has really followed suit.

As you can tell, ski season is winding down and the NBA playoffs are coming. As was the case last year, the site will probably have more and more basketball info since that is how I spend May and hopefully June this year.

Oh, yeah, and in case anyone wondered, that is what an MVP plays like. Dirk went 6 of 18 and scored 21, while Nash was brilliant. That is two straight matchups head to head where Nash has come out on top and shows why he deserves a third straight MVP.

Posted by Justin at 09:42 AM